Nigeria: FG in Closed door meeting over N30, 000 Minimum Wages

President Muhammadu Buhari meets behind closed doors with representatives of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) over the disagreement between the organized labor and state governors on the proposed N30, 000 minimum wages. It could be recalled that as of Nov 6, new national wage recommendation report was submitted to President Buhari and while receiving the report, the president expressed his commitment to ensuring the implementation of a new national minimum wage and pledged to transmit an Executive bill (on National Minimum Wage) to the National Assembly for its passage within the shortest possible time. However, the 36 state governors had since expressed reservations over the proposed N30, 000 new minimum wages by the Amal Pepple committee, saying the state governments were not in a stable financial position to pay the new minimum wage. The Chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari, had on Nov. 15, told newsmen at the end of an emergency meeting of the governors in Abuja that payment of N30, 000 wage was impracticable.

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