The state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) on Tuesday had a meeting in a bid to address the issue of the proposed strike by the organized labour due to the amount being proposed to be paid by the Federal Government and the governors as the national minimum wage.
At the end of the meeting, the governors reached a consensus with the amount expected to be increased from N18,000 to N22,500.
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 is 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.
Yari continued, “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.”
The meeting was attended by the Federal Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige and the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma.
Also present at the meeting were the governors of Kebbi, Ebonyi, Imo, Lagos, Plateau, Adamawa, Osun, Ekiti, Ogun, while Nasarawa was represented by his Deputy.
The Organised Labour had scheduled Nov. 6 to embark on nationwide strike to compel the government to peg a new minimum wage at N30,000 with a mass protest held on Tuesday in order to sensitize the workers ahead of the planned strike.
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.