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Governors silence on minimum wage not golden- Atiku’s spokesman

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Governors silence on minimum wage not golden- Atiku's spokesman

As organized labour hopes for a better outcome, since President Tinubu said he would pay over N60,000; Atiku’s aide has warned that the silence of 36 state governors would hamper any agreement reached by federal government and labour.

 

Paul Ibe, Atiku Abubakar’s Special Adviser on Media, said the silence of the 36 state governors in the ongoing negotiation for a new minimum wage between the federal government, organized private sector and labour union showed weakness “in our system”.

 

Paul Ibe argued that 36 state governors that would pay workers whatever federal government and labour agreed should be represented at the negotiation table and voice what they can pay.

 

“The minimum wage strike and the ongoing negotiations between FG and Labour reveal the weakness in our system. The sub-nationals that are going to be paying whatever salary is agreed upon are silent,” Atiku’s aide said.

 

he added that it would be better if state governors were allowed to carry out their minimum wage negotiations differently in their different states.

 

“Won’t it be better for states to determine what they can pay as minimum wage?” Ibe asked.

 

The Tripartite Committee on New Minimum Wage comprised government, organized private sector and labour union. While President Tinubu has assured his administration would pay more than N60,000 as minimum wage, Labour has maintained that Nigerian workers would not receive any amount except a living wage.

 

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Nigerian state governments have had history of not paying minimum wages agreed on their behalf by the federal governments. Bukar Goni Aji, former head of service of the federation and the chairman of the 37-man  Tripartite Committee on New Minimum Wage inaugurated that Vice President, Kashim Shettima in January 2024, had said the demand of labour would not be realistic.

 

Labour demanded a minimum wage of N497,000, but Bukar Goni had argued that state governments would not be able to pay. As of the time of filing this report, Federal government through the committee disclosed that about 8 states were yet to pay the 2019 minimum wage of N30,000.