Minimum Wage: Governors Silent after Meeting with Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday held a closed-door meeting with some state governors over the thorny issue of new national minimum wage.

The meeting which was held at the presidential villa had representatives of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) in attendance.

The governors however refused to disclose the outcome of their discussions with the President to journalists after the meeting.

Chairman of the NGF who is also the Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari and the Minister of Labour and productivity, Chris Ngige were at the meeting.

Others governors at the meeting include Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Senator Atiku Abubabakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.

The meeting comes a week after the said they would not be able to pay the N30,000 per month minimum wage being demanded by labour unions.

According to the NGF, the minimum wage demand by labour would lead to bankruptcy of the states.

Labour responded by calling the governors’ bluff, saying all parties were represented on the tripartite committee when the mid-wage of N30,000 was adopted.

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