Minimum wage: N13m monthly for legislators? NLC boss opens up in rage, indicts 9 governors

Minimum wage: N13m monthly for legislators? NLC boss opens up in rage, indicts 9 governors

- A can of worms has been opened by the NLC boss, Ayuba Wabba, about the minimum wage

- Wabba on Wednesday, March 10, said about nine governors are yet to comply with the presidential directive to pay the new minimum wage

- The NLC boss also claimed that lawmakers get N13 million each every month

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The president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has given his voice against the refusal of some state governors to pay the agreed N30,000 minimum wage.

Without mentioning names, Wabba on Wednesday, March 10, alleged that one of the governors used Garba Muhammad, the sponsor of the bill that seeks to move the minimum wage legislation from the exclusive list to the concurrent list to undo civil servants, The Nation reports.

He disclosed that the NLC leadership expressed shock to know that these governors complain of not being able to pay the new wage after President Muhammadu Buhari's directive.

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Wabba went on to claim that from reports made available to him, Nigerian lawmakers earn N13 million each month.

Minimum wage: N13m monthly for legislators? NLC opens up in rage, indicts 9 governors
The NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, has said that nine governors have refused to pay the new minimum wage (Photo: @NLCHeadquarters)
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His words:

“We are then taken aback that some governors; let me mention that the governors are nine – because some of them gave us this information; they are only nine out of the 36 that are anti-workers, led by the governor of Muhammad’s home state.
“We are told and nobody has contradicted this fact, that they (lawmakers) collect N13m per month. How can he say that the current minimum wage of N30, 000 is too much for the Nigerian workers?"

Wabba called on Muhammad to withdraw the bill if he wants peace in his constituency and still hopes to end his career as a politician on a good note.

He said:

“He must withdraw that bill with immediate effect if he wants peace to reign in his family and in his constituency and if he wants to end well as a politician because the Nigerian workers cannot be taken for granted.”

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Moreover, the union's leader alleged that a northwest governor has refused to pay sacked workers in his state.

Meanwhile, the entrance to the building of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's office in Marina, Lagos, was on Wednesday, March 10, blocked by protesting members of the NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The unionists are kicking against the planned removal of the minimum wage from the exclusive list to the concurrent list.

Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.

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