Minimum wage: Mixed reactions from governors as FG, labour finally reach agreement

Minimum wage: Mixed reactions from governors as FG, labour finally reach agreement

President Muhammadu Buhari in April signed the new bill approving N30,000 as the new national minimum wage into law.

Also on Thursday, October 17, the federal government finally reached an agreement with the organised labour over the consequential adjustments as a result of the new minimum wage.

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said after signing the deal with organised labour that the implementation of the minimum wage takes immediate effect.

The Nation reports how state governors have been reacting to the new deal so far.

According to the newspaper, some states have embraced the new deal struck by the federal government. They, however, said they will wait to get the details of the deal before making their final decision. Below are the states with such stance:

1. Edo

2. Adamawa

3. Anambra

4. Osun

5. Rivers

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6. Cross River

7. Abia

8. Anambra

9. Cross River

10. Rivers

11. Niger

12. Adamawa

The Adamawa state government said it is ready to implement the new minimum age.

Solomon Kumangar, the director-general in charge of Media and Communications to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, said there would be no question of pondering over the agreement reached between the labour unions and the federal government.

13. Kano

The Kano state government has also expressed readiness to pay the new minimum wage.

However, the Kano state Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Shehu, said the government will meet with the labour leaders in the state and discuss the way forward with them.

14. Kwara

The Kwara state government also said it would have its own local negotiation with the labour leaders in the state.

15, 16. Katsina, Delta

The Nation reports that the two states were undecided on the next line of action on the new minimum wage as at press time.

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17. Ondo state waiting for committee report

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state is reportedly waiting for the report of the committee he set up on the implementation of the new wage structure in the state before making his decision.

18. Kaduna

The Kaduna state government has already reportedly started paying the new minimum wage

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19. Lagos

Recall that earlier reported that the Lagos state government promised to pay above the N30,000 minimum.

The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, disclosed this on Tuesday, October 15, when he played host to the leaders of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council in Alausa, Ikeja.

20. Ekiti

Similarly, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has expressed readiness to commence paying the new wage, starting from October 2019.

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21. Oyo

Also, recall that the Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, May 29, said the state cannot pay the new national minimum wage of N30,000.

Makinde said all states are not created equal, so it is against the principle of fairness to apply a blanket rule to govern them all. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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