The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has reiterated that the National Minimum Wage law is binding to all and that state governors have no right to pay below N30,000.
NLC President, Dr Ayuba Wabba, said this at a one-day review meeting on the New National Minimum Wage with state council chairmen.
Wabba said since President Muhammadu Buhari signed the New Minimum Wage Act to law, every state governor was bound to respect the new wage structure and negotiate with labour to decide what the consequential increase should be.
“All of us are aware that from the day the president signed the minimum wage bill into law it becomes enforceable.
“It can be enforced through court of law, and certainly, there is no excuse for any state to say that it is not going to respect a law that is actually based on the constitution.
“The national minimum wage is actually a constitutional issue, so clearly, it is about respecting our laws and also respecting international convention and procedures.
“I’m not aware of any governor that will say he will not respect any provision of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or an Act of parliament that was signed by the President.
“What I heard is that N30,000 is already a law and that will be the basis; you can pay higher but you cant pay below N30,000. That is what the law provides for.
“This is where we are and what we are doing to take stock to find out the situation of where every state is, and local governments, in terms of the implementation process.”
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, while briefing State House correspondents said the Federal Government had given Dec. 31, as the deadline for payment of arrears on consequential adjustments of the National Minimum Wage.
Ngige said that the Council also approved the payment of all outstanding financial implications of the consequential adjustments as worked out by the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, beginning from April 18.