Note: This is the first state to exceed the Federal Government mandated N18,000 minimum wage. Many states have still not agreed to implement the federal provision.
20 October 2011
Rivers State Government took a historic step on Monday as it finally endorsed the new minimum wage into law with a promise to commence payment from October this year.
This is coming seven months after the wage was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan in April this year.
Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Mr George Feyii represented Governor Chibuike Amaechi at the ceremony which witnessed the presence of labour chiefs in the state, including the Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council(JNC), Comrade Emecheta Chuku who signed on behalf of labour.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr Feyii said that the development was a result of dialogue with labour as he hinted that payment of arrears would commence from April and end in September, stretching it instalmentally within six months, and urged workers to show more dedication to duty and improve their productivity.