Nigerian workers’ hope of having a new salary package in the New Year 2019 seems to have been dashed, as the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), again, insisted that competing demands will make it impossible to meet the N30, 000 minimum wage being demanded by the organized labor, just as it hinted that the revenue accrual to states of the federation dropped from N800 billion to N500 billion in one year.
In a response to the claim by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) that states are refusing to pay the wage, the forum in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by its spokesman, Abdulrazaq Barkindo said: “Already, revenue to states have dropped drastically while demands by competing needs keep rising astronomically. Last year alone, revenue to states dropped from N800bn when the Tripartite Committee was appointed (November 2017) to between N500bn and N600bn by the time Ms. Amma Pepple submitted its report in October 2018.”
According to the statement, “Moreover, since that last meeting, of the middle of December, between the Governors and Mr. President, the economists of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat have been working closely with the relevant departments in all the states of the federation, and looking into other ways of collating financial standing of states that will help the President in ameliorating the situation. The NGF had offered workers a token increment to the sum of N22.500 from the current N18000 after the submission of the report of the Tripartite Committee set up by the President and headed by a retired Head of Service Ms. Amma Pepple on October 6th. The N22.500 was arrived at, after extensive deliberations among all 36 governors, outlining their financial capacities and liquidity, considering the economic situation of the country and the states’ other obligations to the majority of the people of their various domains. Governors also emphasized that N22.500 is a baseline threshold, meaning that any governor who can pay more than N22.500 is, therefore, free to go ahead and do so.”