Minimum wage: Governors to meet Buhari, insist states can’t pay N30,000

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Abdulaziz Yari

Governors of the 36 states the federation have insisted that they would not be able to pay the N30,000 minimum wage as proposed by the Ama Pepple-led tripartite committee and sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.

The tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government to decide the new minimum wage had on November 6 submitted its report recommending N30,000.

The amount was against the initial suggestion of N22,500 by the governors.

The president, while receiving report of the tripartite committee, indicated an approval of the amount.

He said the Presidency would look at the proposal and prepare a bill to be passed to the National Assembly for approval.

With the proposal which was followed by an appeal, the labour unions in the country shelved their plan to carry out an indefinite strike to press home their demand for a new minimum wage.

However, rising from an emergency on Wednesday, the governors have insisted that they would not be able to pay the proposed N30,000.

They argued that the states would go bankrupt.

According to the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, only Lagos State government could afford to pay such amount.

He disclosed that a committee would be set up to meet Buhari over the case.