Kogi government reassures workers about minimum wage payment
By Richard Elesho
The Kogi State government has reaffirmed its commitment to implement the new minimum wage of N 30,000 for state workers.
The Head of State Service (HOS), Ms. Hannah Onyinoyi Odiyo gave the assurance by declaring open, the one-day workshop organized by the Association of Senior Managers of Nigeria, Kogi Chapter, for its members in Lokoja, Tuesday.
She reaffirmed the state government’s determination to maintain improved social protection programs for civil servants in order to increase their productivity. According to her, the government will maintain regular payment of wages, pensions and other rights currently enjoyed by its workers to improve their living conditions.
She added that retraining of staff will also continue to receive the highest priority.
The HOS revealed that the government was also committed to motivating workers by giving them the means to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to respond to modern reality in the performance of their duties. functions.
“As public servants, you must strive to complement government efforts to improve your well-being by investing in investments that will improve your life and plan for your retirement in the future,” HOS chided.
Earlier in his welcome speech, the president of the Kogi branch of the Association of Senior Officials of Nigeria, Comrade Akeji Aron called for the swift implementation of the new minimum wage by the state government, saying that the non-implementation of the policy was long overdue under the prevailing economic difficulties in Nigeria.
The president also called on the state government to drop the rumor of implementing Kogi’s Contributory Pension Scheme and Health Insurance Scheme and ensure that it delivers the benefits accrued by civil servants over the years that do not exist. have not yet been implemented.
In the two papers presented by the Director of Finance and Administration of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Enimola Martins, entitled: “Preparing for retirement: challenges and solutions” Investing in the public service: a essential basis for development and a main factor in achieving progress and Welfare ”has identified appropriate investments as a major tool to have a better and enjoyable retirement life.
The guest speaker listed some areas of lucrative business for retirees to include; Garri Grinder Services, Kerosene Retail, Pure Water Packaging, Rental Services, Sale of Seasoned Food Products, Vegetable Garden, Fruit Plantation, Super Market, Barber Shop as well as Dye and Dye Business, among others .
Martins also argued that investing in human resources was an essential basis for the development of nations and a major ingredient in achieving the progress of the nation and the well-being of its people.
He therefore urged workers to move forward and invest in investments that will empower them after they retire from active service.