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We Can Only Pay N22,500 – Governors Tell Workers

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Tuesday said they could pay a national minimum wage of N22,500 from the existing N18,000.

The organised Labour had insisted on N30,000 or nothing.
The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Yari disclosed their decision while briefing newsmen at the end of its 2nd emergency meeting held in Abuja.

Yari said that the decision was arrived at after a briefing from the forum representatives at the Tripartite Committee.

He said that the welfare of all Nigerians is the ultimate concern of the governors, saying in all our states, we are concerned about the deteriorating economic situation experienced by the vulnerable segment of our population.

He said that in agreeing to a National Minimum Wage, the Forum was even more concerned about development, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure spheres.

“It is therefore our considered position that since the percentage of salaried workers is not more than five per cent of the total working population, our position must not just reflect a figure, but also a sustainable strategy based on ability and capacity to pay, as well as reflective of all our developmental needs in each State.

“After all, Section 3 of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Act provides that “the Commission shall recommend a proposition of income growth which should be initiated for wage increase and also examined the salary structure in public and private sector with reasonable features of relativity and maximum levels which are in consonance with the national economy”

“It is in this sense that we feel strongly that our acceptable minimum wage must be done in such a way that total personnel cost does not exceed 50 per cent of the revenue available to each State.

“Governor therefore agreed to pay a national minimum wage of N22,500.”

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