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BREAKING: “It Can Not Fly” – State Governors Reject N60,000 Minimum Wage Proposal

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has rejected the N60,000 minimum wage proposed by the Federal Government.

This contradicts the federal government’s commitment to a minimum wage exceeding N60,000.

According to the governors, N60,000 as minimum wage is not sustainable and can not fly.

Recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) went on strike on Monday, protesting the federal government’s proposal of N60,000 as the minimum wage, which they deemed unacceptable.

Reacting in a statement released on Friday, the NGF said there is a need for a realistic and sustainable minimum wage that considers the broader socioeconomic implications.

The statement reads in part, “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.

“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.

“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.”

This decision comes amidst ongoing negotiations between the government and labour unions, who have also expressed dissatisfaction with the proposed wage.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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