Abakaliki – The Ebonyi government will pay the N18, 000 minimum wage to its workers, Gov. Martin Elechi has assured the people.

Elechi made the promise on Sunday in Abakaliki during this year’s May Day celebration at the Abakaliki Township stadium.

According to the governor, the minimum wage will be paid whenever the Federal Government releases a circular to that  effect.

“Workers in Ebonyi have contributed immensely to the success of this administration and they deserve all incentives that will motivate them for greater efficiency,” he said.

He thanked them for voting for him during the governorship  election, saying his government would always collaborate with them for the overall benefit of the state.

He promised that his administration would in its second tenure create new employment opportunities to reduce  unemployment.

“We will create a conducive environment for job creation through the provision of basic infrastructure, massive industrialization and enhancement of the agricultural sector,” he said.

Elechi assured that the new state-owned cement factory would be inaugurated to maximally utilise the abundant limestone deposits in the state.

Mr Ike Abugu, chairman, Caretaker Committee of the NLC, Ebonyi chapter, noted workers’ concern about the high  unemployment rate in the state.

He thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the new minimum wage bill into law and expressed the hope that the  governor would pay the wage at the appropriate time.

He called for the payment of the 67 months arrears owed pensioners in the state and the establishment of state pension board to oversee the affairs of pensioners. (NAN)

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