The Head of Service (HOS) of Delta State, Mr Reginald Bayoko has lauded the Government of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for implementing the payment of the new minimum wage which was passed into law in April 2019.
Mr Bayoko gave the commendation today in his office in Asaba when some members of the press visited him.
He said the Governor of Delta State made a commitment from the beginning when the negotiation of the new minimum wage was going on at the national level that he would certainly implement what was adopted by the federal government.
Revealing that it was the governor who was pushing the committee members by asking what was the position and how far they had gone in the implementation of the new minimum wage, Bayoko also said the governor gave them marching orders to see how the payment can be done by December 2019.
He also explained that immediately the approval was granted by the Federal government and labour and the president signing the implementation of the new minimum wage into law as well as the consequential adjustments was agreed upon at the national level, the Governor instantly established a committee headed by the secretary to the State Goverment, Mr Chiedu Ebie and other top government functionaries to negotiate with labour on the way forward even as he noted that active negotiation with labour did not start until December 2019.
The HOS gave kudos to the governor as he has kept to his word as he has always done since taking the reins of power in the state, the minimum wage has been adopted across all board and sectors in the state.
Mr Bayoko added that the arrears were paid with effect from November 2019 and that the Organized labour appreciates the Governor for keeping to his word in implementing the new minimum wage and being part of the the six states that have so far implemented the payment of the new minimum wage.
The HOS charged the Public servants as well as general workforce to be diligent and steadfast in their various Ministries and Agencies by resuming early to work daily and being present throughout the day as employees have to keep to their own end of the bargain by showing commitment as the government have kept to their own end by implementing the new minimum wage.
He further added that the civil servants should assist the government to deliver on its mandate to the people for government have shown enough commitment not just on the aspect of minimum wage but on so many other aspects of building a stronger Delta State.