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Governors yet to submit proposal for new minimum wage

Governors yet to submit proposal for new minimum wage

- Chris Ngige has accused state governors of delaying an agreement on a new wage structure

- The minister said the governors have failed to submit their proposal on the new wage system

- According to him, a tripartite Committee would conclude its assignment this month

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, has said that the most critical aspect of the process is yet to be finalised.

Ngige also accused Nigerian governors of failure to submit their proposal on the new wage system, stating that without a proposal from the governors, there cannot be an agreement on a new wage structure.

Speaking to journalists in Anambra state, the labour minister said a tripartite Committee would conclude its assignment this month.

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Ngige said: “I am the deputy chairman (of the committee); I drive it. We have a timetable and we will finish everything about it this end of August, but it is not attainable anymore because even in the committee we have not all finished dotting all the i’s and agreeing on a figure

“We couldn’t agree on a figure because of two reasons, partly the state governors have not come up with a figure and the state governors are a critical constituent of this discussion. They have six governors in the committee, one from each geo-political zone," Ngige said.

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He also said that the committee is working with an economic management team to fine-tune whatever the governors bring to the table.

“So the Governors Forum has not come up with their figure. They say they are still working on it. That was the last submission they made to us and the federal government team. We are working through the Economic management team.”

“The Economic management team dictates the economy of the country and they will now take whatever the governors say and fine-tune with that of the federal government, so that is where we are”

“The national minimum wage tripartite committee is still at work, and is until it brings out its figures, brings out its recommendations pertaining to the national minimum wage. It is only after that that a Bill can be sent to the National Assembly for processing and be sent to Mr. President for assent and for it to become a National Minimum Wage Act," he said.

Meanwhile, previously reported that governors had warned that they were not elected into office solely for the purpose of paying salaries but also to provide good roads, electricity, education and other necessary amenities.

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The governors under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) when reacting to the clamour on the implementation of a new minimum wage.

The chairman of the NGF, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, said it is regrettable that state governments have been limited to only paying of salaries while other sectors such as health, electricity, education, among others, are not given the same attention.

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