Federal government reject governors’ N22,500 minimum wage proposal

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    The Federal Government of Nigeria had rejected the proposed N22,500 minimum wage agreed upon by the governor’s forum.

    The States Governors had vehemently disagreed on Labour Union proposed N30, 000 new minimum wage for workers. They cited that they cannot pay that amount as even with the present minimum wage at N18, 000, some states are still owing workers.

    It is believed that the inability of the state government to come to an agreement is the only step back in implementing the new minimum wage. The state governors, in a meeting, had set up a proposal for the new minimum wage to be N22, 500, which the Federal Government had rejected.

    The Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige made this known in an interview aired on Channels’ television.

    He said, “The governors have not even done enough. I told them that this N22, 500 were even rejected by the Federal Government.”

    “The national minimum wage is a national legislation being driven by the Federal Government of Nigeria in pursuance to item 34 of the Exclusive Legislative list.”

    The Nigeria Labour Congress stated that they will not accept the minimum wage less than N30,000 as they plan to go on nationwide strike if the new minimum wage is not implemented.

    The governors have come under heavy criticism, as they have been berated for running large government at the expense of the workers. The governors, on the other hand, argued that most state in the country does not have the capacity to pay the proposed minimum wage.

    The federal government wants the state government to comply with the new minimum wage as they seek to avert a nationwide strike that looms if they did not meet the deadline.

    A strike action will have an adverse effect on the economy as the country seeks to recover fully from the recession.