The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Chris Ngige, has stated that the Federal Government has rejected the N22,500 minimum wage proposal by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).
Ngige gave the government’s position on Wednesday while appearing at a ChannelsTV programme, saying: “The governors have not even done enough. I told them that this N22,500 is even rejected by the Federal Government.”
His comments come 24 hours after NGF unanimously agreed to pay Nigerian workers N22,500 as the new minimum wage, citing ‘current realities on the ground.’
But Ngige criticised the governors for the figure saying N22,500 is even below the N24, 000 agreement by the Federal Government.
He, however, said that all parties on the ground would return to the negotiation table to see that the welfare of the workers is met.
“The national minimum wage is a national legislation being driven by the Federal Government of Nigeria in pursuance to item 34 of the Exclusive Legislative list.
“But you don’t go and make a law which people will disobey at the initial.
“If you make a law and hoax a figure that is not agreeable, which people don’t have the capacity or ability to pay because the International Labour Organisation (ILO) says in those negotiations, the principle is the ability to pay.”
Labour meanwhile, has threatened a total shutdown if their demand of N30,000 minimum wage is not met before November 6.