From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Benue State Government is to lift embargo on employment from the first quarter of 2020.
Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this yesterday at the flag off ceremony of new waste disposal vehicles held in Makurdi, Benue State capital.
It should be noted that the embargo on employment in the State has been enforced for over 15 years.
The governor observed that there are several gaps in the civil service as a result of deaths and retirement hence the urgent need to replace them.
Ortom said government will look at the financial implications and also,about the minimum wage, announcing that government has already set up a committee on the new minimum wage.
“I have already directed the Head of Service to give me an assessment and the financial implications so that if it is within a reasonable level, we will pay all casual workers in the State.
“We will also, look at the financial implications of the minimum wage. Government has already put in place a committee to negotiate the new minimum wage with our workers. So, by the time the end this and we know what our actual wage bill and income are then, we will be able to tie it with giving employment to our people. I can assure you that this will be done. I want to charge you to work hard. Do you best even if do not recognize you, God will bless reward you.
“These vehicles apart from the four(2) new ones acquired which are second hand were gotten at less than 70 million and would be valuable to ensure sanitation of the State. We urge Benue people to take the monthly sanitation seriously. Government will impose sanction on people who default. Let us work together to keep the State clean by ensuring we have waste bin in our houses. We will also, keep waste buckets in strategic places for people to dispose waste”, Ortom said.