AMAC chairman assures workers on new minimum wage
By Cyril Mbah, Abuja
The chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu Candido has assured area council workers that chairmen are strongly committed to the implementation of the agreement reached with them to start paying the new minimum wage from the first quarter of 2021.
Candido, who spoke to newsmen, on behalf of the six area council chairmen of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), explained that the new salary structure was not adopted earlier by the councils due to dwindling revenue and the large overhead expenditure that chairmen grapple with every month.
He stated that since NULGE agreed to call off its industrial action after the agreement, the chairmen would expand their internally generated revenue sources to accommodate the demand of the workers.
“We the chairmen are happy that workers reasoned with us and called it (strike) off. We promise to look for other sources of revenue to boost our income and ensure regular payment of salaries from next year.
“By the grace of God, we have given ourselves the next two months to really work hard to increase our revenue to enable us commence the payment of the minimum wage by the end of February 2021,” the chairman assured.
He reminded other council chairmen that the collective decision to pay the minimum wage must be implemented since all the leaders at the meeting with the workers endorsed the document which prompted NULGE to call off the strike.