Governor Kayode Fayemi. File image

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has said the new N30,000 minimum wage should be an incentive that will boost the productivity of Nigerian workers.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) added that the 35 governors have collectively agreed to increase the salaries of workers in their state.

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The Ekiti governor who disclosed this on Sunday said Nigerian governors do not want workers to down tool on the issue of minimum wage.

Fayemi said his administration intends to implement the minimum wage payment this month.

He noted that not all states are financially buoyant, urging the labour leaders in their state to strike an understanding with the respective state governors.

“We don’t want workers to down tools, we want productivity to increase and that is why we said we are ready to pay N30,000.

“We are even ready to pay a level of consequential adjustment but that has to be determined on a state by state basis.

“The challenge that we have at the level of governors is on the consequential adjustment which has now been agreed by labour and the Federal Government.

“And for us, we will be meeting. I don’t want to give you a view until my colleagues and I have met to review how we are going to look at the template that has come out of the negotiations at the federal level and see how that can be applied.”