NGF on N30,000 Minimum Wage…

Kayode Fayemi

“FEC does not determine what happens in the states; states have their own state executive council and that is the highest decision-making body at the state level.

“The forum, as the representative body of the states, keenly followed what happened in the negotiations that transpired that led to that (federal government) template.

“As far as as we are concerned, the best the forum can do is to stick with what has been agreed with the states.

“States are part of the tripartite negotiations. States agreed to that N30,000 minimum wage increase. States also know that there will be consequential adjustment, but that will be determined on what happens on the state-by-state basis because there are different number of workers at state level, there are different issues at the state level.

“Every state has its own trade union joint negotiating committee and they will hold discussions with their state governments.

“You know that the day after this agreement was reached with labour I was on record and I made the position of the governors clear that, for us, this was a national minimum wage increase, not a general minimum wage review.

“Yes, that may necessitate consequential increment. We have no doubt about that but that is a matter for the states to discuss with their workers.”

Words of Ekiti State Governor and Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, saying payment of consequential adjustments of the new minimum wage would depend on the financial standing and capacity of each state.

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