Buhari meets governors over minimum wage

Muhammadu Buhari in Daura

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with the representatives of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) over the governors’ insistence that they cannot pay the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

The Amal Pepple Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage had on November 6 submitted its report to President Buhari where it recommended N30,000 as the new national minimum wage.

Buhari, while receiving the report, had expressed his commitment to ensuring the implementation of a new national minimum wage and pledged to transmit an executive bill to the National Assembly for passage within the shortest possible time.

However, the 36 state governors had since expressed reservations over the proposed N30,000 new minimum wage, saying they were not in a stable financial position to pay.

Chairman of NGF and G=governor of Zamfara, Abdul’aziz Yari, had on November 15, told newsmen at the end of an emergency meeting of the governors in Abuja that payment of N30,000 wage was impracticable.