The implementation of the newly signed minimum wage was received in many quarters with much fanfare as several saw it as a good step towards improving workers welfare.
However, with the new N30,000 minimum wage, it is disappointing to know that Nigeria is still far from making the ranking of top 10 countries in the world with better minimum wage.
Out of the top 10 countries with highest minimum wage, Australia ranks first a good hourly minimum wage of $14.14, Luxembourg followed with $11.34, CEOWorld Magazine reports
Some of the other countries on the list are New Zealand, France, and Netherlands with $11.28, $11.24, and $11.04.
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that even with the N30,000 minimum that many claim is not enough for workers welfare, the Oyo state governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, said the state cannot pay the new national minimum wage signed into law by President Buhari. Makinde on Wednesday, May 1.
He said the federal governments should have allowed states to negotiate the new minimum wage for their workers as the condition of living varies from state to state.
The governor-elect told reporters in Abuja after attending the induction programme for returning and newly elected governors that he intends to negotiate with the Oyo state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) because the state could not afford to pay the amount.
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Legit.ng also reported that Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state on Wednesday, May 1 said he could not conclude whether or not he would pay the N30,000 new minimum wage.
Governor Masari, represented by the Head of Service Idris Tune at the rally to mark Workers’ Day in Katsina, said his government would meet with the labour union on the issue.
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