Ebonyi State government on Friday commenced payment of January salaries to workers with the new minimum wage.
Some workers, who spoke to our correspondent, confirmed getting alerts of their January salaries with the new salaries structure.
This followed the directive of Governor David Umahi during the week that the January salaries of workers be paid with the new salaries structure adopted between Organized Labour in the state and government on or before January 10.
The governor said the early payment was to aid the workers commence the New year after the spending they may have done during the Yuletide period.
Commissioner for Information, Uchenna Orji confirmed the payment of the salaries to the workers.
He said that since the governor’s first term, the state government had always paid salaries before 15 of every month.
“But because the governor wanted to assist the workers after they might have spent a lot during the Christmas period, he decided that the workers be paid before 10th January to assist them get back on their feet.”
With this payment, the governor has made history as the first governor to implement the new wage in the Southeast.
He said that all civil servants in the state including local government workers have all been paid effective from Friday.
“Also, all government appointees have also been paid their January salaries. This include, members of the state Executive Council, and other appointees of government.
“The governor, has the welfare of workers at heart. He believes this will spur them to perform better”, Orji said
Orji also said the governor had in the past released over N6bn for workers to access as soft loan and grants to enable them to set up agric businesses to boost their finances.
Orji, who is also the acting Commissioner for Human Capital Developmental, said the state government had commenced enumeration of employable Ebonyians so as to enable them to key into interventions of government.