- The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has said that there was no backtracking on the decision to pay the N30,000 minimum wage
- According to the governors, they have already subscribed to paying the wage, but the consequential impact must be renegotiated
- The minimum wage issue continues to drag for too long as workers have been threatening to go on strike to protest the delay
The Nigerian Governors' Forum says its members are working hard to meet the December 31 implementation deadline for the N30,000 minimum wage.
According to the governors, they have already subscribed to paying the wage, but the consequential impact on the upper cadre of their various workforce must be renegotiated.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, December 18 after their meeting, chairman of the forum and Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi said the financial capabilities of the states vary.
He, however, said the governors have been engaging with the respective branches of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC to meet up with the deadline.
According to him, the NLC was aware of the level of preparedness of states to pay, adding the governors were willing to make available to the union each state’s status of negotiation to clear any doubt.
His words: “Minimum wage was not on our agenda because it is a settled matter and governors have all indicated without any equivocation that we subscribed to the act of parliament that has been passed on the national minimum wage of N30,000. There is no debate we have accepted that.
“The negotiation thing you are talking is about the consequential impact of the minimum wage on a higher level. Each state has started that process, if the Nigeria Labour Congress is not fully aware of the status of the negotiation in the various states, we will be happy to share the information available to us with them.
“But as far as we are concerned, there is no decision from the Governors Forum to backtrack, we are not backtracking on the minimum wage.
“However, fingers are not equal, states have to renegotiate in terms of the consequential implication for the others. Some states may be in the position to pay N50,000, what we can tell you is that no state will pay less than N30,000 when we finally get to that point.”
Meanwhile, the organised labour comprising of Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ogun state on Monday, December 16 said they have resolved to embark on two days warning strike.
The workers stated this in a joint press statement signed by the state leaderships of both NLC and TUC, Comrade Bankole Emmanuel and Comrade Fajobi Olubunmi.
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