Minimum wage: FG can't impose its salary structure on states, prominent APC governor

Minimum wage: FG can't impose its salary structure on states, prominent APC governor

- Governor Kayode Fayemi has revealed his position on the minimum wage controversy

- The Ekiti governor said not all states can pay the same amount to civil servants

- Fayemi explained that there is a difference between the federal government's salary structure and that of states

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In response to the demand of the Nigerian Labour Congress on the minimum wage, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has explained that the salary structure of the federal government cannot be imposed on states.

Fayemi, who is also the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), on Thursday, March 11, noted that not all states in Nigeria have the same economic potentials, The Cable reports.

The governor tasked Nigerians, the federal and state governments to work together to confront the issues.

Minimum wage: FG can't impose its salary structure on states, prominent APC governor
Fayemi federal and state governments do not use the same salary structure for civil servants (Photo: @kfayemi)
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He said:

“You can’t impose a federal salary structure on states, because we do not all have the same economic or financial situations.

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“I, for example, do not have the resources of Lagos state, so you won’t expect me to earn the same salary as the governor of Lagos.

Meanwhile, the NLC had instructed its members to embark on immediate industrial action.

The NLC disclosed this on Thursday, February 18, in a statement signed by its national president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and its general secretary, Comrade Emmanuel Ughoaja at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting. gathered that the NEC of the NLC called the refusal of state governments to pay the new national minimum wage as an “act of criminality, betrayal of the oath of office sworn by state chief executives.

The NLC said:

“The NEC-in-session directed all states where the national minimum wage of N30000 is yet to be paid to immediately proceed on industrial action.”

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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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