By M. Peter, Jos.

Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong has thanked workers in Plateau for granting the government’s appeal to suspend the implementation of minimum wage.

Lalong had appealed to workers to allow the government suspend the implementation of the new minimum wage due to economic hardship caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus.

In a congratulatory message to mark this year’s Workers’ Day, the governor described Nigerian workers as the engine room for the progress and stability, thanked workers in Plateau state for their sacrifices and productivity in the development of the state.

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The Governor in a statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Macham said ” I want to use this opportunity to specially appreciate workers in Plateau State who have supported our Rescue Administration by ensuring that the engine of governance continues to operate seamlessly despite challenges. They have demonstrated this severally especially now that we are facing a common enemy, Corona Virus”.

“The workers agreed without any hesitation or compulsion to the recommendation of Government to suspend the implementation of the new minimum wage because of COVID-19.”

The governor assured the workers that “once the state recovers from the economic devastation of COVID-19, the government will not hesitate to begin the implementation of the new minimum wage as agreed upon.”

He reiterated that his administration will continue to keep faith with the workers by paying their salaries and emoluments as and when due and building their capacity through training and retraining.

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Lalong commended workers on the Plateau for their contributions to the fight against COVID-19 particularly those on essential services such as water, energy, health, media, security and other workers who are in the front line of combating the dreaded Coronavirus disease.

He further assured all Plateau State workers that their wellbeing will continue to be given priority while the process of recruiting new workers which was suspended will resume anytime the State recovers from the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

While wishing the Workers a solemn May Day celebration, Lalong urged them to stay safe by fully observing all safety protocols and other measures put in place by Government to combat COVID-19.