By Okey Ndiribe
ABUJA—Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole’s courtesy visit to the Minister of Labour Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu, yesterday, turned into a mini rally as workers from different ministries at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, sang solidarity songs and hailed him over his role in the implementation of the N18,000 minimum wage. The final agreement on the protracted minimum wage negotiations between was about to be signed at press time.
The Governor, who is the immediate past President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, responded to the solidarity songs. Addressing newsmen, he assured that his counterparts in other states would implement the Minimum Wage Act since it was now a law.
Oshiomhole said: “For the states, I believe they will all implement the Minimum Wage Act because it is a law which must be obeyed even if it is not convenient.”
He maintained that the governors would use their discretion to find means of paying the minimum wage, adding “this is what leadership is all about.”
He said the governors were already holding dialogue with NLC in their respective states with a view to reach an agreement.