By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN-Edo State Government became the first to implement the new minimum wage for workers as Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC,  in the state, yesterday, signed an agreement to commence the payment of the N18,000.

Governor Oshiomhole, who spoke on the occasion, said: “I am happy that Edo State Government and the unions, under the umbrella of the NLC and TUC and of course the joint council, met, discussed and have resolved all the issues arising from the implementation of the minimum wage in the state public service. I am happy that we have signed the agreement.

“We recognised that the issue of minimum wage is not open to negotiation. It is a matter of law and as a government we have obligation to respect the law. Anybody  living in Nigeria will know that you cannot question the desirability of a national minimum wage.

“I believe Nigeria will continue to need extra minimum wage in order to protect the low paid workers, some sectors of the economy where unions may not be in existence or where they may be too weak to negotiate on their own. We need the law to protect them.”

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