- Nigerian students have urged governors to pay state workers the new minimum wage
- The students' umbrella body, NANS, made the plea on Thursday, January 2, through its spokesperson
- NANS says if the plea fails to get the governors to act, it would join forces with the labour unions to tackle them on the matter
Nigerian students under the umbrella body of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have pleaded with state governors to pay their workers the new minimum wage.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that NANS made the plea through its national spokesperson, Adeyemi Azeez.
Azeez says if the plea fails, the students will join forces with labour to forcibly make the governors comply.
“The labour union and other sisters’ unions have continued to threaten showdown with the governors who have failed to pay the agreed minimum wage.
“In the interest of our students, we beg those governors yet to comply with the payment of the new minimum wage to quickly comply.
“This is because NANS might be left with no other option than to join forces with the Nigerian Labour Congress to fight to a standstill, any governor who refuses to comply.
“However, to avoid any form of unrest, we beg that the governors comply as soon as possible,” he said.
Legit.ng notes that NANS' plea came a day after the governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, announced the payment of the new federal government approved minimum wage for civil servants in the state.
Ganduje, on Wednesday, January 1, said the Kano state government will pay its workers N30,600 with effect from December 2019.
The Nation reports that a statement by the commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, said the governor since the commencement of negotiation process between the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the FG had indicated his administration’s readiness to pay the restructured minimum wage.
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