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Dr Kayode Fayemi, A Former Minister of Mines and Steel Development. Photo: Ministry of mines and steel

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has said the payment of the consequential increments of the N30,000 Minimum Wage Law is the prerogative of each state, Concise News understands.

This comment came from the NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor Fayemi Kayode in Abuja on Monday after a meeting of the group.

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Fayemi said the Federal Economic Council (FEC) did not determine what happens in the states.

“The forum as the representative body of the states keenly followed what happened in the negotiations that led to that template,” Fayemi said after the meeting.

“As far as we are concerned, the best the forum can do is to stick with what has been agreed with the states. States are part of the tripartite negotiations.

“States agreed to that N30,000 minimum wage increase.

“States also know that there will be consequential adjustment but that will be determined by what happened on the state-by-state basic.

“Because there are different number of workers and different issues at the state level.

“Every state has its own trade union joint negotiating committee and they will undertake this discussion with their state governments.”

According to him, “The day after this agreement was reached with labour, it was on record that I was on a national television and made the position of the governors clear.

“That for us this was a national minimum wage increase, not a general minimum wage review.

“Yes, that may necessitate consequential increment, we have no doubt about that but that is a matter for the states to discuss with their workers.’’