Governors Panic As Tinubu Meets Labour Over New Minimum Wage

Nigeria’s 36 state governors are reportedly coming under pressure ahead of the meeting between President Bola Tinubu and the tripartite committee on a new National Minimum Wage for the country.

The meeting scheduled to hold in Abuja follows the dithering procrastination on the issue reports.

The meeting is coming in the wake of assertions by many governors that they cannot afford to pay the N62,000 earlier proposed by the Federal Government and the Organised Private Sector, OPS.


The panic on the part of the governors is that they have not been able to pay the present N30,000 minimum wage putting them on a tightrope on paying the N62,000 as proposed by the Federal Government and the OPS.

According to a report in The Guardian it was learnt, late on Wednesday night, that while Labour may be willing to come down from its N250,000 demand, it may not accept anything less than N100,000 as the new minimum wage.

A top member of the labour unions had on Wednesday told journalists that the president invited the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to the meeting expected to be held at the Presidential Villa.

The source said Tinubu was expected to further consult with the leadership of the two labour centres on the N62,000 proposal of the government and private sector and the N250,000 being demanded by labour.

According to the source, Tinubu would be weighing in on how to reach a common ground with labour.

The meeting is coming almost a month after the president promised in his Democracy Day speech on June 12, 2024, that an Executive Bill on the new national minimum wage for workers would soon be sent to the National Assembly for passage.

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