State Govt, FG Disagree Over New Minimum Wage

It appears that the new minimum wage being planned by the Federal Government may not come in September as expected.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige revealed while chatting with journalists in Abuja official residence that the tripartite committee would be submitting its report by September.

He also said that some state governors did not agree with the new minimum wage due to their incapacity to pay.

He said, “These governors are of the views that the allocation formula should be reviewed to favour the state so as to enable them to pay the new wages.”

According to Ngige, some of the state governors have suggested between N22, 000 and N58, 000 as new minimum wage but there are some who want it to remain at N18, 000.

“Their argument is that they have not been able to pay N18, 000 due to the wrong allocation formula and that they will not support what they cannot implement,” Ngige noted.

The Nigeria Labour Congress had proposed N56, 000 minimum wage, which of course the federal government thought was on a high side due to the current economic situation.

The labour also argued that the N56, 000 was proposed before now and that it might need to review it upward as the economy situation bites the workers harder than before.

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