Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State has approved the setting-up of an Implementation Committee to work out modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage of N18,000 for the civil servants.
Receiving the newly constituted executive council of the State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by its Chairman, Comrade Farouq Akanbi, in Ilorin, the governor restated his commitment to the provision of better working environment for workers in the state, explaining that by next week, the committee would be inaugurated by the Deputy Governor, Chief Joel Ogundeji.
Dr Saraki said his administration knows the importance of workers in the State and assured the new leadership of the NLC that he would continue improve the Civil Service.
Lamenting what the State was at the inception of his administration in 2003 in terms of poor revenue base, he said government had not waivered at providing conducive atmosphere for its workforce despite the challenges.
“If you know the challenges of the State at the inception of our administration in 2003, out of the 36 States of the Federation, we were 33 in revenue allocation but we have not allowed that to deter us and we try as much as possible to improve the condition of Kwara workers”, the governor stated.
He, however, congratulated and commended the out-going Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Aiyeoribe for his leadership prowess and for toeing the path of dialogue and consultation, advising the new leadership to emulate his virtues.