Breaking: Jubilation in Ebonyi as Umahi sets January date for minimum wage pay

Ebonyi state civil servants are now wearing smiles on their faces after Governor David Umahi their January Salary will kick-off payment miimum wage pay.

The governor also said the salary would be paid as soon as January 10, 2020.

In a statement, Umahi said the new minimum wage table agreed upon between the Organised Labour in the state and his administration will be used in the payment.

The directive is an improvement on the previous policy of paying workers their salary from the 15th of every month.

The statement signed by the governor’s Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze, said the early payment was to give workers a smooth start as they return to work from the holidays.

According to Nwaze, the governor directed that the state Accountant General and all the Local government Chairmen should seek for overdraft facilities from banks to enable them pay the new wages on time.

The statement reads: “In compliance with the Governor’s approval to commence the payment of new minimum wage to Civil Servants effective from January 1, 2020 in Ebonyi State and his commitment and love for the good people of Ebonyi State which translate to his continued effort in ensuring that dividends of democracy cut across all and sundry, the Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, Chief Engr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE, has graciously directed the State Accountant General and all the LGAs Chairmen in the state to seek for overdraft and ensure the payment of the new Minimum Wage to Civil Servants by 10th January, 2020”.

“The above is to give smooth start to Ebonyi workers who must have made expenses during the yuletide period.”

Ebonyi State government and the Organised Labour in the state had in December 2019 signed an agreement on the new minimum wage.

The agreement followed months of negotiations between the Joint Negotiating Council and the State Government on the new minimum wage especially on consequently increment table to be used.