By: Willy Punvwet,
In its bid to improve its revenue generation, Nasarawa State Government has resolved to introduce a Development Levy in the state for all categories of earners in order to enhance revenue accrued to coffers of the state.
This was contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the State Government and the Organized Labour, to bring to an end the over two weeks industrial action embarked upon by workers in the state,
The agreement was signed by the state Head of Service, Nicholas Abari Aboki, and the state Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Yusuf Iya, on behalf of the State Government and the Organized Labour in that order.
The Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in part explained that: “It was equally agreed that, the government will introduce a development levy in the state for all category of earners to enhance revenue for the next 12 months to enable the government meet up with its commitments and existing obligations.“
“All pending promotions/annual increment at hand for workers under government employ that are due and pursuant to the report of the committee for implementation of outstanding promotions up to 2017 should be implemented with effect from August 2021”.
It also further pointed out that, “processing of all pending promotions from 2018 to date be processed and implemented for all those that, qualified in line with the public service rules of the state”.
On minimum wage, the MoU stated that, “having commenced the payment for workers on levels 1 to 6, discussions and consequential adjustment for level 7 and above will continue through the standing committee on the implementation of minimum wage”.