More Trouble For Governors As NLC Demands N66,500 Minimum Wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has pegged the new minimum wage at N66, 500, an increase of N36,500 from the N30,000 demanded by the organised labour.

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Concise News recalls that the organised labour had insisted that the new minimum wage must be increased to at least N30,000 but the Federal Government offered to pay N24,000.

Labour had declared that it would order workers to go on strike from November 6, 2018, if the government refused to take a decisive action on its demand.

This online news medium had reported earlier that the threat of the workers was believed to have made the leadership of the governors’ forum to convene an emergency meeting on Tuesday.

Rising from the meeting which was attended by the Ministers of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, and that of National Planning, Udoma Udoma, the Chairman of the NGF, who is also the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, said the governors can only increase workers’ salaries from N18,000 to N22,500 per month.

Apparently displeased with the submission, NLC President Ayuba Wabba lambasted the Nigeria Governors’ Forum for pegging the minimum wage at N22, 500.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, Wabba said the NLC has now pegged the minimum wage at N66, 500.

The NLC President said the Nigeria Governors’ Forum was not known to law and was thus an illegal body.

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