The Kwara State Government, on Tuesday, inaugurated a 13-man minimum wage implementation committee to assist in the successful implementation of the new minimum wage.
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq, was represented by the Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi, who noted that a review was necessary despite the prevailing economic challenges, as the last review of the country's minimum wage was done in 2011.
The governor said, “As a government, we are mindful of the fact that the expectations of the workers are high, the government is therefore poised to attend to this matter with all seriousness and fairness.”
The governor directed the committee to focus on the interest of the state. He emphasised that “the cardinal interest of the committee, the generality of the workers, the organised labour and the entire populace of the state should be about the growth of Kwara.”
He further charged members of the committee to be patriotic in handling the assignment and look at ways of domesticating the minimum wage act.
The governor explained that this was necessary so as not to have adverse effects on the developmental plans geared towards building and repositioning the economy of the state and not to erode the envisaged gains the workers crave for.