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Nigerian Governors Unanimously Reject N100,000 Minimum Wage Proposal

In a recent development, the governors of Nigeria’s 36 states have collectively rejected the proposed N100,000 minimum wage, citing concerns about its affordability and sustainability. The decision was made during a meeting held under the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), where the economic situation and the ongoing minimum wage debate were discussed at length.

During the discussions, various options were considered, ranging from the original N60,000 offered to the Labour union by the Federal Government prior to the strike, to the N70,000 minimum wage currently being implemented by the Edo State Government. Despite their efforts, the governors were unable to reach a consensus on a uniform amount.

As a result, a committee headed by Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has been established to review the available options and provide recommendations. However, sources from the meeting indicate that the governors are in agreement that a minimum wage of N100,000 is simply not feasible. Some states are still grappling with the payment of the current minimum wage of N30,000, which was implemented in 2019.

“It is evident from the records available to us that some states are still struggling to pay N18,000, let alone N30,000, which has been in effect since 2019. Only one state has managed to implement a N70,000 minimum wage,” said a source privy to the discussions.

This stance taken by the governors aligns with the previous statement made by the Chairman of NGF and Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. He emphasized that states would only agree to a minimum wage that is both affordable and sustainable, considering the financial constraints faced by many states.

In response to recent rumors, the Presidency has officially denied reports suggesting that the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, submitted a proposal for a new minimum wage of N105,000 to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, dismissed these reports as false, stating that no such proposal had been made by the minister.

This rejection of the N100,000 minimum wage proposal by the Nigerian governors has further intensified the ongoing debate surrounding the issue. As the committee reviews the available options and makes recommendations, the hopes and expectations of workers across the nation remain uncertain. Only time will tell how this contentious issue will ultimately be resolved. Stay tuned for further updates on this matter.

Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
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