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COVID-19: Adamawa, Plateau suspend implementation of new minimum wage

COVID-19: Adamawa, Plateau suspend implementation of new minimum wage

The Adamawa and Plateau States Government have reneged on their earlier promise to implement the new minimum wage citing the coronavirus-inflicted economic downtown as reasons.

In a statement signed by on behalf of Adamawa State government by the Director-General of Media and Communications in the Government House, Solomon Kumangar, the government explained that it can no longer meet its obligations to workers until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

The statement in part reads:
“For the avoidance of doubt, the government is irrevocably committed to paying the consequential adjustment with backlog/arrears, as soon as COVID-19 and its negative economic implications abate,”

In a related development, the Gov. Simon Lalung of Plateau State has announced the slashing of the state’s expenditures by 40% and suspended the payment of the new minimum wage.

Governor Lalong state that this cut will affect all recurrent expenditures other than salaries and pensions, specifically allowances of the government officials will be cut by 50%.

He however noted that this slash will affect the payment of new minimum wage, the processing of fresh employments and implementation of new projects.

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