The Enugu State Government on Thursday gave reasons why some categories of civil servants, including primary school teachers, had not been paid the new minimum wage.
The Commissioner for Finance, Mrs Adaona Uyawune, said the state government was working to fully capture every worker in the payment of the new wage.
Uyawune, who spoke during a press briefing on the 2021 Appropriation Law of Enugu State, said departments and agencies of the state relied on subventions to pay their workers, who were basically ad hoc staff.
Since February 2020 the state government began the payment of the new minimum wage, workers in departments and agencies of the state government, including primary school teachers, have yet to start enjoying such benefit.
But the commissioner explained that the subventions paid to the respective agencies and departments were currently undergoing adjustments to suit their workers.
She said: “Most of their workers are ad hoc and they are subvented. We are paying minimum wage to all state workers. The issue of primary school teachers; they are under the local government. They are not state workers.”
The commissioner said that a committee was working to look into adjustments on subventions that would be enough for each agency to pay their workers.