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The Kogi State Government has reached an agreement with the State Organized Labour, after approving the immediate implementation of N30,000 new minimum wage for the state workforce with partial consequential adjustment.

The government reached the agreement after an extensive meeting with the Organized Labour on Tuesday, in the bid to avert the strike which the latter had threatened. 

The Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Arike speaking after the meeting, blamed the delay in the implementation on the inability for the Committee to meet regularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

She hailed the Labour for their patience and understanding through to the signing of the agreement. 

The State Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Onuh Edoka said the implementation has brought workers in Kogi at par with their counterparts in other states. 

While commending the government for the new development, Edoka said the earlier notice of strike served on the State Government has been suspended with immediate effect.

He assured of civil servants’ commitment to effective productivity of the present administration in all sectors of the economy.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Edward Onoja in his remarks, appreciated the Organized Labour for reaching the agreement without any industrial action. 

Onoja said Governor Yahaya Bello is passionate about the welfare of civil servants and would continue to prioritize the workforce. 

Also present at the signing of the agreement was the State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Comrade Ranti Ojo, State Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Adeiza Momoh-Jimoh. 

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