- Nigerian governors have said that the minimum wage agreement between the federal government and the NLC is not binding on states
- The chairman of the NGF said the agreement between the two parties only applies to federal government workers
- Kayode Fayemi said the FEC does not determine the affairs of the state as these states also own their own States Executive Councils
Governors in Nigeria have said that the federal government's agreement with the organised labour on the new N30,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers is not binding on states.
The governors under the Nigerian Governors' Forum said the agreement between the two parties only applies to federal government workers.
Speaking on Monday, October 28, the chairman of the NGF, Kayode Fayemi, said the agreement over consequential adjustments by the Federal Executive Council led by the vice president cannot be binding on states.
Fayemi said the FEC does not determine the affairs of the state as these states also own their own States Executive Councils.
Describing the SECs as the highest decision-making body in the states, Fayemi said: “The forum (NGF) as the representative body of the states followed what happened in the negotiations that transpired. As far as we are concerned, the best that the forum can do is stick to what has been agreed with states.”
Also stating that all states have accepted the N30,000 baseline payment as national minimum wage, Fayemi said each of the states will negotiate the impelmentationand consequential adjustment with their workers.
“Every state has its own trade union, with a negotiating committee and they would undertake this discussion with their state government. That is simply what we have said," Fayemi said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the leadership of the labour union cautioned its state council against rushing into any form of agreement or negotiations on the new minimum wage.
The NLC's acting national president, Amaechi Asuguni, advised the councils in the states to wait for the payment template from the federal government before going into negotiations with the state governors.
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