By Onome Oghenetega
The Delta State Government has reverted the suspension of the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage for civil servants in the state.
It was learnt that the government lifted lifted the suspension as a result of the recent increment in electricity tariff and fuel pump price.
NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online had exclusively reported the temporally suspension of the payment of the N30,000 minimum wage for civil servants of grade level 7 to 17 in the state civil service.
The state government had blamed the excruciating financial burden occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic for the suspension of the payment in July.
The Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led government also cut the salaries of political appointees by 25-30 per cent.
However, following recent increment in petroleum product and electricity tariff, the state leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) met with representatives of the state government where the payment of the new minimum wage was reverted.
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The State NLC Chairman, Comrade Goodluck Ofobruku, confirmed the development in an internal circular issued on Friday morning.
The circular also confirmed that payment for the affected senior staff will commence with September salary.
It read, “Dear Comrades, I held a meeting with representatives of the Delta State Government today, 11th September, 2020, after a careful deliberations, we resolved that the suspension of implementation of the new national minimum wage for officers on SGL 07 – 17 be lifted as a result of the Federal Government’s increase in electricity tariff and, petroleum products which has negatively affected workers.
“So with effect from 1/9/2020, the Delta State Government with implement the new national minimum wage for all officers in the public service, irrespective of salary grade level. Please inform all our members accordingly. Comrade Goodluck Ofobruku, NLC Chairman, Delta State Council.”