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JUST IN: Governors Reject FG’s N60,000 Minimum Wage Proposal, Give Reason

Governors of the 36 states of the Federation under the aegis of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, say, the N60,000 minimum wage proposal by the Federal Government is not sustainable and cannot fly.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Media Affairs and Public Relations of the Forum, Mrs Halima Ahmed.

The governors noted that many states of the federation will use all their monthly allocations from the federation account to pay workers’ salaries if the proposal is allowed to fly.

They however appealed to members of the tripartite committee to agree on a minimum wage that would be fair and sustainable.

“The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) is in agreement that a new minimum wage is due. The Forum also sympathises with labour unions in their push for higher wages.

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“However, the Forum urges all parties to consider the fact that the minimum wage negotiations also involve consequential adjustments across all cadres, including pensioners.

“The NGF cautions parties in this important discussion to look beyond just signing a document for the sake of it; any agreement to be signed should be sustainable and realistic.

“All things considered, the NGF holds that the N60,000 minimum wage proposal is not sustainable and can not fly. It will simply mean that many states will spend all their FAAC allocations on just paying salaries with nothing left for development purposes.

“In fact, a few states will end up borrowing to pay workers every month. We do not think this will be in the collective interest of the country, including workers.

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“However, the Forum urges all parties to consider the fact that the minimum wage negotiations also involve consequential adjustments across all cadres, including pensioners.

“The NGF cautions parties in this important discussion to look beyond just signing a document for the sake of it; any agreement to be signed should be sustainable and realistic.

“All things considered, the NGF holds that the N60,000 minimum wage proposal is not sustainable and can not fly. It will simply mean that many states will spend all their FAAC allocations on just paying salaries with nothing left for development purposes.

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“In fact, a few states will end up borrowing to pay workers every month. We do not think this will be in the collective interest of the country, including workers.

“We appeal that all parties involved, especially the labour unions, consider all the socioeconomic variables and settle for an agreement that is sustainable, durable, and fair to all other segments of the society who have legitimate claim to public resources,” the statement read.



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