Minimum Wage: Labour Sends Strong Message To Nigerian Governors
Nigerian Governors/File Photo

Organised labour has appealed to state Houses of Assembly to identify with workers by compelling governors to pay the new minimum wage.

Concise News reports that Emmanuel Ugboaja, General-Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made the appeal while fielding questions from journalists on Sunday in Lagos.

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According to Ugboaja, any governor who refuses to pay the minimum wage should be impeached.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum had said that the state governors would not pay beyond their individual capacities.

However, the NLC scribe said that there was no basis for the governors to complain about payment of the N30,000 minimum wage.

He said that they had the capacity to pay.

“It is criminal to say you cannot pay the new minimum wage.

“Some of these leaders ride in private jet, so they can pay,’’ Ugboaja said.

He said that the organised labour was in support of the return of the Labour Advisory Council, which would help to mediate between government and workers.

He urged the Federal Government to take actions against employers who would not  pay the new wage.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari signed the N30,000 minimum wage law on April 18.

After that, labour and the government debated heavily on the consequential adjustment on workers’ salaries.

On October 18, both parties agreed on 23.2 percentage increase for workers on grade level 07 and 20 per cent for those on grade level 08, while 19 per cent would be received by workers on grade level 09, sixteen per cent for those from levels 10 to 14 and 14 per cent for grade levels 15 to 17.

In related news, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that the scheme is awaiting directives from the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, on when to begin the payment of the N30,000 new minimum wage to corps members.

The DG said serving corps members would be contacted about the payment once the NYSC gets details on the commencement of payment from the finance minister.