The Yobe State government has inaugurated an 11-man committee for the implementation of the new minimum wage.
The Committee constitutes of the Acting Head of Service as Chairman, six permanent secretaries and four labour leaders.
The Acting Head of Service, Alhaji Muhammad Nura, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday in Damaturu.
The permanent secretaries are that of Ministries of Finance, Budget and Planning, Administration and General Services, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs with the Permanent Secretary Establishment to serve as secretary.
Other members include state Chairmen of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Joint Public Service Negotiation Council, and the State Secretary NLC.
This move by the government was well received by civil servants in the state who expressed their delight about the idea stating that it gives hope for the implementation of the new minimum wage.
However, some of the hopeful civil servants urged the committee not waste time on negotiation.
Hadiza Ibrahim, a local government staff, said, “Government should evolve a price monitoring scheme to check the excesses of traders, who may take advantage of the new minimum wage to increase prices of goods and services. If this is not checked, it would lead to inflation and ridicule the minimum wages, while workers would be at the receiving end,” she said.