- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it will not accept any plan by state governors to renegotiate the minimum wage
- The NLC describes as afterthought the arguments by some governors that they cannot pay the new minimum wage
- The labour union says the new minimum wage law is binding on all the state governors
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned all its state chapters against accepting any renegotiation for downward review of the already signed minimum wage law of N30,000 from governors.
The national president of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, made the declaration in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti state as he presided over the election of new leadership of the labour organisation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stated that the country's workers were under strict instructions not to accept any minimum wage less than N30,000 from the governors.
According to Wabba, the new minimum wage had become binding, having been approved by the two chambers of the National Assembly and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The NLC president said that the excuses by some governors that they could not pay the new wage was an afterthought and therefore untenable.
The former chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Ekiti state University branch, Olatunde Kolapo, was elected as the new state chairman of the NLC.
The report said Wabba's address was delivered by an ex-officio member of the congress, Maureen Onyia-Ekwuazi.
"Once the minimum wage bill has been signed by President Buhari it has become a law and we won’t allow any governor to circumvent the law
“What we asked for was a living wage and we cannot allow anybody to shortchange our members," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reports that the NLC earlier said workers in Kogi state are now acutely battered and reduced to mere skeletons walking the streets and begging without any hope despite the over N200 billion received as monthly allocations.
The NLC said apart from the N200 billion, the state government under Yahaya Bello also received various bailouts and collected loans.
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