Nigerian Governors


The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Yari disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the end of its 2nd emergency meeting held in Abuja.

Yari said that the decision was arrived at  after a briefing from the forum representatives at the Tripartite Committee.

He said that the  welfare of all Nigerians was the ultimate concern of the governors,  saying  in all our states, we are concerned about the deteriorating economic situation experienced by the vulnerable segment of our population.

He said that in  agreeing to a National Minimum Wage, the Forum was even more concerned about development, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure spheres.

“It is therefore our considered position that since the percentage of salaried workers is not more than five per cent of the total working population, our position must not just reflect a figure, but also a sustainable strategy based on ability and capacity to pay, as well as reflective of all our developmental needs in each State.

“After all, Section 3 of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Act provides that “the Commission shall recommend a proposition of income growth which should be initiated for wage increase and also examined the salary structure in public and private sector with reasonable features of relativity and maximum levels which are in consonance with the national economy

 “It is in this sense that we feel strongly that our acceptable minimum wage must be done in such a way that total personnel cost does not exceed 50 per cent of the revenue available to each State.

“Governors therefore agreed to pay a national minimum wage of N22,500,” Yari added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  reports that at the meeting with the governors were the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige and the Minister of Budget and National Planning,  Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma.

Some of the governors at the emergency meeting were Kebbi,  Ebonyi,  Imo, Lagos,  Plateau,   Osun,    Ekiti,  Ogun, and Nasarawa represented by Deputy, Adamawa.

The Organised Labour had scheduled Nov. 6  to embark on  nationwide strike to compel government to peg a new minimum wage at N30,000.

The leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and United Labour Congress of Nigeria (TUC), on Tuesday held  mass protest across the country as part of sensitisation of workers and Nigerians for the planned industrial action.

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Governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum have summoned all 36 members to an emergency meeting to discuss the minimum wage and possibly take a common position.

The meeting, which is scheduled to hold in Abuja today, is said to be compulsory for all the 36 governors.

This was contained in a statement issued by the NGF secretariat in Abuja on Monday. The statement requested that all governors must attend in person.

The statement read in part, “Emergency meeting of governors over minimum wage will hold tomorrow at the NGF secretariat, Maitama, Abuja at 5pm.

“In attendance will be all governors, no representation. Various  stakeholders including the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, and the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige.”

Meanwhile, in what appears to be a last-minute desperate effort by the Federal Government to forestall a nationwide workers’ strike, members of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led Economic Management Team will on Tuesday(today),  meet with state governors in an attempt to reach a consensus on the new national minimum wage.

The meeting is the second within 24 hours.

They had met on Monday on the same issue.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, disclosed the need for Tuesday’s meeting in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of Monday’s meeting.

The minister said, “We held a meeting for us to bring out modalities for us to respond to the emerging problems thrown up by the National Minimum wage Committee and we have very fruitful meeting which necessitated the governors having further meeting tomorrow (Tuesday).

“We will reconvene tomorrow (Tuesday) to brief the Economic Management Team and the Vice-President and we take it up from there.

“The governors will meet to take a position and brief the Economic Management Team. This meeting is only for the Tripartite Committee of the government side.”

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, also spoke with reporters at the end of the meeting.

Yari said while state governors were willing to pay the new minimum wage, ability to pay was key in arriving at a figure.

“The position of the governors is not very clear to some of you. We are willing to pay any amount but the issue is the capacity to pay,” he said.

Yari said the meeting discussed the proposal made by the organised labour and the figure proposed by the Federal Government.

He said, “The governors still haven’t come out with any figure.

“So, by tomorrow (Tuesday), we are going to discuss with our governors on the bill by the Minister of Labour and Employment to the NGF secretariat.

“We will digest it and come up with our own positions as governors because we are critical stakeholders on this issue.”

State governors who attended the meeting with Yari were Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu; Osun State Governor, Rauf Aragbesola; and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

Apart from Osinbajo, others who attended the meeting from the side of the Federal Government were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed; and Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma.


Culled from https://punchng.com/govs-hold-emergency-meeting-today-over-minimum-wage/amp/