27 June 2012

Nigeria: Amended Constitution to Allow States Negotiate Wages With Unions - Mark

President of the Senate, David Mark, yesterday, revealed plans by the National Assembly to amend the salaries and wages laws to confer on states the right to negotiate wages with organised labour.

Mark disclosed this at the end of a tour of projects undertaken by Akwa Ibom State Government even as he also commended Governor Godswill Akpabio for manifest developmental strides he was taken in the state.

He said the Senate was set to remove the issue of wages from the Exclusive legislative list to enable governors negotiate wages with the labour unions.

"The National Assembly will, through the next constitution review, ensure that wages and salaries are removed from the exclusive list", he said.

Mark further said that the issue of wages was better located on the concurrent legislative list so that states could have the freedom to negotiate for their own wages and salaries and attract good workers.

However, Mark said governors needed to learn and compare notes from each other on development issues especially going by the giant developmental strides in Akwa-Ibom.

Governor Akpabio, he said, had displayed good ideas, vision and courage in the implementation of projects.

According to him, administrators need not embark on excessive advertisements when they have performed.

He said that while a governor might not solve all the problems, he must have visible signs of performance on ground which the people could see.

"It is good to have vision but it is even more important to have good ideas, " he said and added that the development in Akwa Ibom State would engender healthy rivalry between the governors to take up the challenges of development in their states.

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