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It’s criminal to say you cannot pay the new minimum wage, NLC tells governors


Organised labour has called on state Houses of Assembly to impeach governors who fail to pay the new minimum wage.

Emmanuel Ugboaja, general-secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made the appeal while speaking to journalists on Sunday in Lagos.

Ripples Nigeria had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had in April approved N30,000 as the minimum wage.

After a series of meetings between the federal government and labour leaders, there was an agreement on the implementation of the new minimum wage. Afterwards, the federal executive council (FEC) directed Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, to effect the payment of N30,000 new minimum wage before December.

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But, the governors claimed the agreement between the federal government and labour was not binding on them.

Reacting, NLC alleged that some of the governors flew private jets, and wondered why they could not pay the new wage.

“It is criminal to say you cannot pay the new minimum wage.

“Some of these leaders ride in private jet, so they can pay, “Ugboaja said.

He added that the organised labour was in support of the return of the labour advisory council which would help to mediate between the government and workers, and asked the federal government to take actions against employers who will not pay the new wage.

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