Pay minimum wage or get impeached, NLC tells governors


Organised labour has asked state house of assemblies to impeach
governors who fail to pay the new minimum wage.
The General-Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Emmanuel
Ugboaja, made the appeal while speaking to journalists yesterday, in
In April, President Muhammadu Buhari approved N30,000 as the minimum wage.
After a series of meetings between the Federal Government and labour
leaders, there was an agreement on the implementation of the new
minimum wage.
Subsequently, the federal executive council (FEC) directed Zainab
Ahmed, minister of finance, to effect the payment of N30,000 new
minimum wage before December.
The governors, however, said the agreement between the federal
government and labour is not binding on them.
But the union said some of the governors fly on private jets, and
asked why they cannot pay the new wage.
“It is criminal to say you cannot pay the new minimum wage,” Ugboaja said.
“Some of these leaders ride in private jet, so they can pay.”
He said the organised labour was in support of the return of the
labour advisory council, which would help to mediate between the
government and workers.
He asked the federal government to take actions against employers who
will not pay the new wage.

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