Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nigerian Governors Offer Workers 22,500 naira Minimum Wage, Labour Kicks

By Olumidagreat on October 30, 2018
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Rising from a meeting on Tuesday, governors of the 36 states in Nigeria said they are willing to pay a national minimum wage of 22,500 naira to their workers against the 30,000 naira being demanded by representatives of workers.
According to the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF)and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Yari the decision was arrived at after a briefing from the forum representatives at the Tripartite Committee.
He said that the welfare of all Nigerians is the ultimate concern of the governors, saying in all our states, we are concerned about the deteriorating economic situation experienced by the vulnerable segment of our population.
He said that in agreeing to a National Minimum Wage, the Forum was even more concerned about development, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure spheres.
“It is therefore our considered position that since the percentage of salaried workers is not more than five per cent of the total working population, our position must not just reflect a figure, but also a sustainable strategy based on ability and capacity to pay, as well as reflective of all our developmental needs in each State.
“After all, Section 3 of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Act provides that “the Commission shall recommend a proposition of income growth which should be initiated for wage increase and also examined the salary structure in public and private sector with reasonable features of relativity and maximum levels which are in consonance with the national economy”
“It is in this sense that we feel strongly that our acceptable minimum wage must be done in such a way that total personnel cost does not exceed 50 per cent of the revenue available to each State.
“Governors therefore agreed to pay a national minimum wage of N22,500.”
The meeting with the governors were the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige and the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma.
The Organised Labour had scheduled Nov. 6 to embark on nationwide strike to compel the government to peg a new minimum wage at N30,000, up from the present 18,000 naira.
The leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and United Labour Congress of Nigeria (TUC), on Tuesday held mass protest across the country as part of sensitisation of workers and Nigerians for the planned industrial action.

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