Minimum Wage: List of Governors Paying More Than N30k Presently

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President Bola Tinubu announced the removal of the fuel subsidy over a year ago. Nigeria's economy has since been in disarray, with the immediate rise in inflation and, by extension, the cost of living. He had introduced a N35,000 wage pending when the new minimum wage would be approved and appealed to governors to follow suit.

The current minimum wage for workers in the country is N30,000. The workers have staged protests and went on strike in their quest for an increase in the minimum wage.

About 15 governors are currently paying wage awards aside the minimum wage following President Bola Tinubu's appeal that governors should emulate him.
List of governors paying wage awards in Nigeria presently Photo Credit:@jidesanwoolu, @GovernorObaseki, @PNMbah
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Tinubu's economic policies have been strongly criticized, especially by the opposition, but the president and many economists believe he was on the right track. However, his appeals to the governors appeared to have yielded little or no results, as only a few were paying the stipend.

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According to a Vanguard report, about 15 governors have commenced the payment of wage awards from N10,000 to N35,000.

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The analysis also revealed that about 20 governors in Nigeria have yet to start paying wages, while some governors paid for a while and stopped the scheme.

Those who are paying are listed below:

Governor Obaseki of Edo State

Governor Godwin Obaseki announced a new minimum wage of N70,000 for civil servants in Edo state, which took effect on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

He announced this on Monday, April 29, while commissioning Edo state's newly built ultra-modern Labour House secretariat complex. The new minimum wage is an increment from the old N40,000.

Douye Diri of Bayelsa

The governor of Bayelsa, Douye Diri, has also commenced the payment of wage awards to workers in the state.

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As explained by the wage award committee headed by the head of the civil service in the state, workers from Grades 1–14 received N20,000, 15–17 cadre received N30,000, and Permanent Secretaries went home with N100,000.

Julius Laye, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) chairman, confirmed that the payment started in May but lamented that those at the local government level received the fund and it stopped.

Governor Uzodimma paying N10,000

The Imo state government, under the watch of Hope Uzodimma, is paying N10,000 as wage award, bringing the monthly minimum wage of workers to N40,000.

The Uzodimma administration said it had provided free transportation for workers to reduce the effect of the fuel subsidy removal on them.

Enugu Governor Mbah paying N25000, N10,000

Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu state commenced the payment of wage awards to workers at the state and local government levels, including teachers at the primary school levels, in December 2023

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Reports indicated that workers at the state level are getting N25,000 in wages while those at the local government and primary school teachers are being paid N10,000.

Sanwo-Olu is paying N35,000

Since December 2023, workers in Lagos have been getting N35,000 wage awards, while the administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been paying the minimum wage of N35,000.

Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions Afolabi Ayantayo said the payment aligns with Governor Sanwo-Olu's commitment to worker welfare.

Others are listed below:

S/NGovernorsStatesWage Amount
1Francis NwifuruEbonyiN10,000 to civil servant
2Lucky AiyedatiwaOndoN35,000 to worker, N10,000 to pensioners
3Ademola AdelekeOsunN15,000 to workers, N10,000 to pensioners
4Dapo AbiodunOgunN10,000 transport allowance to workers and pensioners
5Seyi MakindeOyoN25,000 to workers, N15,000 to pensioners
6Abdulrahman AbdulRasaqKwaraN10,000 to civil servant
7Charles SoludoAnambra10 per cent salary increment since January
8Abba Kabir YusufKanoN20,000 to workers and N15,000 to pensioners
9Agbu KefasTarabaSalary increment of N10,000 to N15,000 for workers

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Negotiation on minimum wage has ended - Tinubu earlier reported that President Tinubu said negotiations on the new minimum wage with organized labour and the private sector have ended.

In his address on Democracy Day, the president said an executive bill to enshrine the new minimum wage in Nigerian law would soon be sent to the National Assembly.

However, Tinubu did not mention what was agreed upon as the new minimum wage witorganizeded labour.


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Bada Yusuf (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Yusuf Amoo Bada is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over 7 years of experience in journalism and writing. He is a graduate of OAU, and holds Diploma in Mass Comm. and BA in Literature in English. He has obtained certificates in Leadership and received the "Certificate for Breakthrough of the Year 2022" in recognition of his great performance during his first year at Worked as Editor with OperaNews. Contact: or call 08161717844