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Governors: The Minimum Wage Of N60,000 Is Too High

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Governors: The Minimum Wage Of N60,000 Is Too High

The 36 state governors of the Federation have said that they are unable to pay the N60,000 minimum salary that the federal government has set.

This was said on Friday by Hajiya Halimah Salihu Ahmed, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum’s (NGF) director of media and public affairs.

The governors declared that the N60,000 wage was unsustainable and not achievable. They contended that if it were put into effect, some states would be forced to borrow money in order to pay their employees’ salaries.

“The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) is in agreement that a new minimum wage is due. The Forum also sympathises with labour unions in their push for higher wages.

“However, the Forum urges all parties to consider the fact that the minimum wage negotiations also involve consequential adjustments across all cadres, including pensioners.

“The NGF cautions parties in this important discussion to look beyond just signing a document for the sake of it; any agreement to be signed should be sustainable and realistic.

“All things considered, the NGF holds that the N60,000 minimum wage proposal is not sustainable and cannot fly. It will simply mean that many states will spend all their FAAC allocations on just paying salaries with nothing left for development purposes.

“In fact, a few states will end up borrowing to pay workers every month. We do not think this will be in the collective interest of the country, including workers.

“We appeal that all parties involved, especially the labour unions, consider all the socioeconomic variables and settle for an agreement that is sustainable, durable, and fair to all other segments of the society who have legitimate claim to public resources,” parts of the statement read.

Recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, embarked on an indefinite strike after rejecting the Federal Government’s N60,000 offer.

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