Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has assured workers that the state would pay the new minimum wage, as soon as the Federal Government adopts it.
He gave the pledge during an interactive session with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), United Labour and other affiliated unions in the state.
The governor acknowledged the contributions of labour to the implementation of government policies, describing the workforce as the bedrock of development in any nation.
According to him: “Labour is the key to development. You cannot relegate labour to the background. Minimum wage has never been an issue; it is just that it has been a matter of legislation.
“In the face of circumstances and what we face in this country, I have done my best to make sure that workers do not suffer. I pay salaries in circumstances that I do not receive allocation. The people did not elect me to make excuses, but to find solution to problems.”
Emmanuel added: “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has the best blueprint for workers in the country. We need your support in the usual manner to support us in the coming elections.”
State Chairman of the NLC, Etim Ukpong, commended the governor for prompt payment of salaries, and labour-friendly atmosphere.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has accused the PDP of operating a fake WhatsApp platform to adopt the manifestoes of its governorship candidate, and that of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.
State Chairman of the APC, Iniobong Okopido, made the allegation at a press conference in the party’s secretariat along Ikot Ekpene road Uyo yesterday.
He claimed that the PDP in desperate moves to confuse the people to vote for the party used the said WhatsApp platform to feed the electorate with lies.
He cited a screenshot: ‘Udom Till 2023,’ where the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Ini Ememobong, instructed his people to create the account, using key APC leaders to make fake, dubious and criminal conversations.
But, the PDP Publicity Secretary said no such WhatsApp group exists to the party’s knowledge, adding that the party had never given such imaginary instruction.
He said the party would not be distracted by Ememobong’s allegation, with few weeks to the general elections.
“For the purpose of record setting may we state as follows, that the WhatsApp chats unintelligently referred to by Ini Okopido are manifestly fake and absolutely useless. The said piece is totally unhelpful to their cause,” he said.