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JUST IN: Rivers seals off NLC secretariat over minimum wage face-off

Rivers State government on Monday sealed off secretariat of state chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Harcourt over minimum wage face-off.

Chairman of NLC in Rivers, Mrs. Beatrice Itubo, confirmed the state secretariat was sealed off by officials of Rivers government at 9 pm on Sunday in a phone chat with our correspondent.

Itubo expressed surprise over the development and intimidation of Rivers workers by the Nyesom Wike’s administration, insisting that the employees were yet to be paid the agreed minimum wage.

The recently-inaugurated state secretariat of NLC in Port Harcourt was donated by Wike’s administration, to replace dilapidated structure.

Rivers NLC chairman, late last week, asked workers in the state to be on the alert and await further directive on the minimum wage, declaring that indifference of the Wike’s administration would no longer be tolerated.

Rivers Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, on Saturday night, in an online statement, stated that the state’s NLC should be ready to face “dire consequences,” if it made good the threat over minimum wage while accusing the leadership of becoming tools in the hands of unnamed politicians.

Nsirim said in the statement: “Rivers State government has commenced the payment of the new minimum wage for employees of the state public service with the consequential salary adjustments as approved by the Federal Government, and will not be deterred by cheap blackmail.

“Governor Wike remains committed to workers’ welfare and will not allow the activities of a few disgruntled elements to dissuade his resolve to serve the people.”

He could not be reached on Monday morning for his reaction to the sealing off of the state secretariat of NLC.

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