FG, NLC rejects Nigeria Governors’ Forum N22,500 minimum wage


    The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has berated the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, for saying they cannot pay the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

    NLC wondered why the Governors should peg the minimum wage at N22, 500.

    The President of the NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, addressed a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday barely 24 hours after the Governors met and took the decision.

    The NLC President said that the NGF was not “known to law and was thus an illegal body.”

    Wabba said the “governors should return to their respective states and consult with workers rather than hide under the umbrella of the governors’ forum.”

    Meanwhile, the Federal Government has rejected the N22,500 minimum wage proposed by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF.

    The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, stated that the federal government is not in support of the amount pledged by the governors.

    Ngige made the stance of the Federal Government known during Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.

    According to him, the governors have not done enough regarding workers’ new wage.

    He said, “The governors have not even done enough.

    “I told them that this N22,500 was even rejected by the Federal Government.”

    The NGF had on Tuesday agreed to pay a national minimum wage of N22,500.

    The Chairman of the Forum, Governor Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara State told newsmen that the decision was arrived at after a briefing from the forum’s representatives at the Tripartite Committee on Tuesday night.