On Thursday, April 18, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the new N30,000 minimum wage for workers in Nigeria.
The president after the approval of the new minimum wage bill assured workers at the 2019 May Day celebration on Wednesday, May 1, in Abuja of the implementation of the new bill.
Represented by the vice president Yemi Osinbajo, President Buhari said the Federal Government was committed to the cause of improving the lot of every working Nigerian.
However, despite the push by the president, many states have remained silent on their plans for workers over the new minimum wage bill.
While various state governor have shown some level of commitment to ensuring that the states pay its workers with the newly approved wage rate, Lagos, Osun, Sokoto and Taraba states have remained silent on the matter.
Speaking during the May Day celebration in Lagos state, Governor Akinwumi Ambode applauded his administration’s feats as well as the relationship built with the labour unions in the state in the last four years.
Daily Trust reports that the governor who was represented by the commissioner for physical planning, Rotimi Ogunleye, said his administration had paid unprecedented attention to workers’ welfare.
Ambode rather than speak on the new minimum wage like other governor in various states did, said his administration has worked closely with labour leaders on how to address policy and infrastructural issues hindering the effectiveness and efficiency of workers in the state
Also, in Osun, Governor Gboyega Oyetola spoke extensively on the National Health Insurance Scheme.
He promised that the state would begin to implement this month NHIS project to facilitate accessible and beneficial healthcare to the people of Osun state by releasing its counterpart funding.
They was also no mention of the newly approved minimum wage by the Osun state governor.
In Taraba state, it was gathered that some of the workers who turned up for the May Day celebration were disappointed after the deputy governor, Haruna Manu, failed to mention government's position on the matter.
The same experience was witnessed in Sokoto state, where the state chairman of the NLC, Peter Gambo, urged the government to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage and pay teachers and local government council workers the three-month salary arrears owed them.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Oyo state governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, had warned that the state cannot pay the new national minimum wage.
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Makinde said that he intends to negotiate with the Oyo state branch of the NLC because the state could not afford to pay the amount.
He also said the federal government lacks the power to impose a national minimum wage on states since Nigeria is a federation.
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