President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the state governors’ representatives under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) over the lingering minimum wage saga with a view to finally agreeing on the national minimum wage issue.
The details of the parley in which some governors, including the Governors of Zamfara, Lagos, Kaduna and Enugu and the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, were in attendance are yet to be made public.
It would be recalled that the Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage, had on November 6 submitted its report recommending N30,000 minimum wage to President Buhari.
The President then expressed his commitment to ensuring the implementation of a new national minimum wage and pledged to transmit an Executive bill (on National Minimum Wage) to the National Assembly for its passage within the shortest possible time.
He commended the committee for completing its assignment and promised that the Federal Government would soon transmit an Executive bill on the National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly for passage.
Barely a week after, the state governors expressed reservations over the proposed N30,000 minimum wage, saying that they are not in a stable financial position to pay the new minimum wage.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari, on November 15, told journalists at the end of the governors’ emergency meeting in Abuja that payment of N30, 000 wage was not feasible.