Minimum wage: Every state will determine payment of N30,000 - NGF declares

Minimum wage: Every state will determine payment of N30,000 - NGF declares

- Some state civil servants may not receive the new N30,000 minimum wage

- Federal government had approved payment but it has not been implemented

- NGF hinted on Monday, October 28, that each state would determine whether to pay it or not

The payment of the new minimum wage approved for the workers by the federal government may hit brick-wall in some states of the federation following a revelation by the governors.

Legit.ng reports that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), on Monday, October 28, declared that the consequential increments in the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage law would depend on the capacity of each state government.

Kayode Fayemi, the chairman of the forum and governor of Ekiti state, made this known while briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting of the forum held in Abuja.

Reading the meeting’s communique, Fayemi said that the forum made the resolution when it met and reviewed current progress in the implementation of the minimum wage law.

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He said that while state governors agreed to the N30,000, FEC did not determine what happens in the states. He said that each state had its executive council, which is the highest decision making body at the state level.

Fayemi said: “The forum as the representative body of the states keenly followed what happened in the negotiations that led to that template. As far as we are concerned, the best the forum can do is to stick with what has been agreed with the states. States are part of the tripartite negotiations.

“States agreed to that N30,000 minimum wage increase.States also know that there will be consequential adjustment but that will be determined by what happened on the state-by-state basic. Because there are different number of workers and different issues at the state level.

“Every state has its own trade union joint negotiating committee and they will undertake this discussion with their state governments. The day after this agreement was reached with labour, it was on record that I was on a national television and made the position of the governors clear."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the NGF converged for a meeting to discuss about the deductions of the over N614 billion bail-out fund made available to the governors about two years ago.

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Source: Legit Nigeria

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