Minimum wage: NGF commits to December deadline

Minimum wage: NGF commits to December deadline

The Nigeria Governors Forum, (NGF) says state governors “have been engaging with the respective branches of the Nigerian Labour Congress” to meet up with the December 31 minimum wage implementation deadline.

Aminu Tambuwal, the vice-chairman of the Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, said this on Wednesday while addressing journalists after a meeting with the 36 state governors, at the NGF secretariat in Abuja.

The federal government and labour on October 18 announced an agreement on the implementation of the new wage.

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its meeting in October presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo approved the agreement and set dates for the take-off of the new wage and payment of the arrears.

FEC also directed that the payment of the new salary structure should take effect from April 18 and the arrears cleared by December 31.

NGF’s position

Tambuwal, who represented NGF chairman, Kayode Fayemi, noted that the state governors were committed to the welfare and wellbeing of their workforce.

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”Various state governments have been engaging with their branches of Nigerian Labour Congress. I am sure it is work in progress, before December all the states must have finished working out the details on the issue of minimum wage across the federation.

”We are very much committed to the welfare and wellbeing of our workforce and therefore we shall continue to ensure we do our best on what needs to be done,” he said.

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Newsmen reported the NGF in October saying the agreement between the federal government and organised labour on consequential adjustments on the new minimum wage is not binding on state governments.


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