PDP Chief Reacts As Nigerian Governor Implements New Minimum Wage: “Some Are Still Paying N30,000”

PDP Chief Reacts As Nigerian Governor Implements New Minimum Wage: “Some Are Still Paying N30,000”

  • PDP chieftain, Dare Glintstone Akinniyi, has called for a centralised minimum wage as state governors disclosed they cannot pay workers N62,000
  • Amid talks between labour and the federal government for a new national minimum wage, Akinniyi hailed the Edo state governor for offering to pay N70,000 minimum wage
  • Speaking to Legit.ng, Akinniyi clarified the disparities in economic capacities but urged Bola Tinubu's government to implement uniform wages across states

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Dare Glintstone Akinniyi, spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Youth Group, has urged the state governors in Nigeria to pay whatever amount the federal government is offering as minimum wage.

Debate on minimum wage in Nigeria intensifies
President Bola Tinubu and labour leaders continue face-off over new minimum wage. Photo credit: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,Nigeria Labour Congress HQ
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Recall that Joe Ajaero, the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) berated state governors under the umbrella body of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) for rejecting the N62,000 minimum wage proposal of the Bola Tinubu administration.

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On Tuesday, June 11, Ajaero questioned Nigerian governors calling for the decentralisation of the minimum wage, urging them to emulate Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state who is paying civil servants a minimum wage of N70,000.

PDP chieftain urges govs to pay approved national wage

In an interview with Legit.ng on Saturday, June 15, Dare Glintstone Akinniyi, clarified that all states are not equal in revenue, overheads and debts.

He, however, said governors should pay whatever figure that is approved by the federal government as new national minimum wage.

Speaking further, Akinniyi commended Obaseki of Edo state for implementing N70,000 minimum wage in his state, adding that some governors are still struggling to pay the old minimum wage.

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The PDP chieftain said:

"Going by the reports from the Debt Management Office (DMO) recently, the total external debt stock of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) reached $4.61 billion by December 31, 2023, from $4.46 billion recorded in the previous year.
"For sure, all states are not equal in revenue, overheads and debts and we shouldn't expect the same output in terms of infrastructures and dividend of democracy— however, they must pay whatever is approved by the Federal Government as minimum wage, it is their duty. Some States are paying less than the current minimum wage and we have Edo State paying over 200% of the minimum wage - #70,000. It shows that the Edo State Governor is seriously interested in the welfare of the Workers."

Governors who refused to pay wage award

Legit.ng earlier spotlighted some governors who refused to comply with plea to pay workers N35,000 wage award in addition to the N30,000 minimum wage.

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The wage award was intended to reduce the economic hardship on workers until the new minimum wage is implemented.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.