Gov. Fayemi blames COVID-19 for failure to pay minimum wage

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has blamed the delay in implementation of the new minimum wage for senior civil servants, on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Fayemi stated this in Ado Ekiti on Friday, during an address to commemorate the 2020 International Workers’ Day.

The Governor claimed the Public Service Joint Negotiation Council was close to wrapping up negotiations on the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage when the effects of the pandemic began to affect the economy.

This has now affected the resumption of negotiations, but Fayemi is optimistic the world economy would come out of the current recession.

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Fayemi said this would enable Ekiti State conclude the process of minimum wage implementation and its consequential adjustment.

“Salaries, pensions, and gratuities are being paid as and when due. I am sure you have received your April 2020 salary and all allowances due to our health workers who are at the frontline of the COVID-19 response have been paid.

“We have continued to pay the N30,000 minimum wage for junior cadre in the public service and have reinstated merit-based appointments to elevate the standards of the public service,” Fayemi said.