Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has promised to pay any amount agreed upon on the minimum wage.
Ortom stated this on Tuesday in Makurdi, when members of Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, and other sister unions visited him to register their support for the upward review of wages.
The Organised Labour has proposed a minimum wage of N30,000, vowing to shut down the country on November 6 if their demand was not met.
But Ortom, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Terwase Orbunde, said that he was not against the upward review of workers’ minimum wages “in spite of the current economic challenges bedevilling the country”, Punch writes.
“I will work in line with the outcome of the new minimum wage committee.
“I am known for championing improved welfare for workers. I did it when I was the Chairman of Guma Local Government Area.
“When I came on board as governor, primary school teachers were not receiving the N18,000.00 minimum wage. I stepped up their salaries without waiting for them to mount pressure on me to do so.
“I wanted them to be at par with other civil servants in the State.
“They did not march in protest before I increased their salaries. I am not against a better life for workers,” he said.
Ortom’s move is a marked deviation from most state governors, who have refused the proposed upward review by the negotiating committee.