Governors will take Position on Minimum Wage Tuesday  

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The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the national minimum wage crisis and come up with a common position.

The chairman of the forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, disclosed this to State House correspondents after an expanded Economic Management Team (EMT) meeting at the State House, Abuja on Monday.

On October 24, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), issued another strike notice over a stalemate, arising from the federal government’s failure to accept the N30, 000 minimum wage demanded by labour.

A communiqué issued at the end of its emergency meeting and signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, and the General-Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, directed labour to commence an indefinite nationwide strike from November 6.

The labour movement had earlier on September 26, embarked on a warning strike, which was suspended on September 30.

“The position of the governors is not very clear to some of you – that we are willing to pay the amount but the issue is the capacity– the muscle to pay.

“We discussed that government has some numbers and eventually the committee has given some proposals but the governors have not come out with any amount.

“So, tomorrow, we are going to discuss with governors and say: look at what labour is sending.

“Look at the bill that was directed by the minister of labour and employment to be sent to the NGF’s secretariat so that we can digest the content of the bill; discuss it and come up with our position as governors because we are critical partners on this,’’ Governor Yari said.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, announced recently that the federal government proposed N24,000 while the state governors proposed N20,000.