Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Victor Ochei FNSE, has identified inequitable distribution of resources as a major obstacle to the effective implementation of the minimum wage structure in the country.
The Speaker who made the assertion while delivering a paper, titled “Minimum Wage and the Enhancement of Productivity in the Public Service” at the 2012 University of Ibadan Alumni Association Annual Distinguishes Public Service Lecture in Asaba, also called for the upward review of the present revenue sharing formula.
He called on state governments to look inward and find ways of harnessing the copious human and natural resources, which every state is endowed with.
Hon Ochei also recommended cutting down basic running cost and checkmating corruption, factors that have continually imposed negative impact on their finances.
The legislator equally counselled civil servants to embrace a more positive and proactive approach to services they render.
This, according to him, will not only justify the present national minimum wage and the demand for future increases, but also engendering the creation of wealth for the state.
University of Ibadan Distinguished Annual Public Lecture, which held Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at the Hotel Benizia, Asaba was organised by the Asaba Chapter of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association.
The event had Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan as the Special Guest of Honour while Professor Emmanuel Nwanze, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin as the Chairman on the occasion.
Other dignitaries at the occasion include the Delta State Deputy Governor, Professor Amos Utuama as the Guest of Honour, whilst the Obuzor of Ibusa, Obi (Professor) L.C. Nwaoboshi was the Royal Father of the day.