Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state Wednesday inaugurated a 20-man joint committee on the new national minimum wage.
The governor while inaugurating the committee at the executive council chambers, Government House, Abakaliki said the state was likely to be the first in the federation to inaugurate such a committee.
He charged them to put more effort on how to raise the internally generated revenue profile of the state to enable the state cope with the new wage.
Umahi however, reiterated that the state government would definitely review the fees payable, especially in the state owned tertiary institutions.
He encouraged the workers in the state to take seriously the opportunities created for them by his administration to improve their earnings rather than total dependence on their grossly insufficient salaries.
Umahi said: “We are probably the first in the federation to inaugurate the joint committee on the new national minimum wage.
“As we inaugurate you, you need also to let us know how to improve our revenue.
“We would definitely tamper with the fees payable in the State University and other institutions.
“The civil servants are just a smallest percentage of the people committed into my hands and so you have to bear that in mind.
“If we must join states like Lagos, Rivers to pay the minim wage, we will definitely import the internal revenue heads obtainable in those States to ensure we pay.
“Workers should think more of harnessing the opportunities provided by this administration to uplift their incomes…
“Governors are expected to do magic but I have pushed the magic back to you.”