FG, Govs in Minimum Wage Deadlock

The Federal Government has once again failed to reach an agreement with state governors on a new national wage.

While organised labour is insisting on N30,000, the Federal Government wants to pay N24,000 – a figure the states are still undecided on.

After a meeting between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and state governors Monday, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Governor Abdul’Aizz Yari of Zamfara State, said they were willing to pay but lacked the capacity.

He, however, disclosed that an emergency meeting of the forum would hold today and brief the vice president and the Economic Management Team on their stance.

Addressing reporters at the end of the gathering, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had said the stakeholders had a fruitful deliberation.

A source said the state chief executives were not comfortable with the N24,000 figure by government when some of them could not pay the current N18,000.

Ahead of the November 6 industrial action, labour will today hold a national outrage and mourning to bring their plight to the notice of Nigerians.

The move was agreed at a meeting of leaders of the three labour centres, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union of Congress of Nigeria (TUC), and United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC).

They further resolved that on Friday, November 2, a joint Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the trio would hold, the first of its kind, to receive reports and finalise for an ‘ultimate engagement’ with government on the issue to show the seriousness of workers and their leadership.

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