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Anambra Labour & Minimum Wage: The True Story

10/04/11

Anambra Labour & Minimum Wage: The True Story

*Nigeria: Anambra Labour & Minimum Wage – The True Story

By Concerned Anambra Stakeholders

The raging issue today in Nigeria is the implementation of the minimum wage and Anambra State is not different. Workers have every right to agitate for better welfare. They also have every right to embark on strike. But what matters is the way such agitation is carried on.

Since the wage palaver in Anambra State, the public has been fed a lot of half truths by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) which sometimes have bordered on downright lies against the state government.

It is in the light of this that it has become necessary to put things in their right perspective and to let the public know the true situation.

WHAT DOES THE MINIMUM WAGE LAW SAY?

Simply put, it demands that no worker should earn less than N18, 000. It is not a wage increase as many people seem to interpret it. It does not also mean across the board increment.

WHAT HAS THE ANAMBRA GOVERNMENT DONE?

The Anambra State government has fulfilled the requirements of the Minimum Wage Law by ensuring that no worker in the state now earns less than N18, 000 monthly. On top of this, government has also added money to all categories of workers, with the least being N10,000. ( Continues below….. )

Minimum Wage Table
Minimum Wage Table

Photo Above: Minimum Wage Table ( See Enlarged Table Below )

Out of 36 States, 6 States receive an average of N20 billion monthly; another 8 States receive an average of N6 billion monthly; while the rest, including Anambra State, receive an average of N3 billion monthly.

It is clear that the leadership of labour is being manipulated by opposition politicians who want to create anarchy in the state, by deceiving their innocent followers.

Labour should not be allowed to recklessly hold the State to ransom, this is why we call on government to fully implement the "no work no pay" law as well as other measures the Governor said she would implement. We call on workers in their own interest to return to their duty posts. We also call on Anambrarians of goodwill, including the clergy to add their own voices in calling them to order.

Workers must be condemned by all for asking the people of Anambra State to stop paying taxes and for writing letters to all the donor and international agencies working in the State to stop supporting Anambra State. As we write, it is painful to discover that they have been going to all the sites where Government is working, stopping contractors from doing their work. This is strange as it is wicked.

We wish to commend the patriotic disposition of judicial staff workers who have continued to work and we urge other workers to emulate their patriotic example. We equally thanks all those who have contributed so far in moving the state forward in these trying times. Anambra adibago mma, nye aka ka odi mma.

Enlarged Minimum Wage Table
Enlarged Minimum Wage Table

Photo Above: Enlarged Minimum Wage Table

Concerned Anambra Stakeholders wrote from Anambra.

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5 comments

Comment from: orama anajemba [Visitor] Email
orama anajembaIt is time the government, matchs the oppositions in their gimmicks and propadanga.How I wish the average worker is in the know of the comparative annalisis as stated.People should be reasonable and realise that the less than 3% of Ananmbra population take more than 75% of our accruals in salaries & allowances; leaving may be 25% for the developmental projects & infrastructures.They should either go back to work or No Work No Pay should be applied immediately.
10/04/11 @ 05:24
Comment from: Chi Meje [Visitor]
Chi MejeI salute Gov. Peter Obi for being brave enough to be paying minimum wage of 18,000 despite the fact that he gets peanut from to run the state.It is part of the marginalisation strategy against the Igbo nation. I want my fellow Igbos to please ignore the wicked propaganda of the enemies of progress and work with this GOD sent governor to improve Anambra state. We need to support him to either get more funds from the federation account or strive to sort the state in our own way. The inequality, injustice and insincerity in the side of the federal government cannot be accepted forever. Lets come together and build our state. GOD bess all peace loving Anambrarians.
10/04/11 @ 11:15
Comment from: soso [Visitor]
sosoTHE WHOLE STUPID SETBACK FOR DECADE IS NOW REVIEWING....TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT NORTHERN GOVERNORS, IS THAT NOT A DISGRACE TO NIGERIA? TOMORROW, ONE THOSE BRAINLESS AND VISIONLESS GOVERNORS FROM THE NORTHERN PART WILL STAND UP TO CONTEST FOR PRESIDENCE..TELL ME, SOMEONE WHO HAVE NO VISION OF CREATING WEALTH TO FEED 5 MILLION PEOPLE WILL BE CONTESTING TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF 150 MILLION PEOPLE AND SOME IDIOT IN NIGERIA OUT OF IGNORANCE WILL FIND REASON TO IT.
10/05/11 @ 11:59
Comment from: Ezeaka Dennis [Visitor] Email
Ezeaka DennisFor my own understanding i tink minimum is not adding #10,000 to workers, minimum is a structurely payment by workes based on the levels of the worker. Dat is y we ve graduate in accountant dat is deir duty 2 work dis minimum wage of a tin, is nt adding #10,000 2 worker is nt a christmas gifts so Obi should understand dat tanks. A student 4rm fed poly oko nt a civil servant tanks.
10/11/11 @ 03:44
Comment from: Ndubuisi Benjamin Chike [Visitor] Email
Ndubuisi Benjamin ChikeAs a true son of Anambra State, i am one of those who support Mr Peter Obi, the Executive Governor of beloved state. I want to assure the average Anambrian that Mr Peter Obi will be vindicated when He most have completed his tenure. We are going to miss him and Labour will under what they are doing in the state.
10/12/11 @ 13:29

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