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N60,000 Minimum Wage Not Sustainable – NGF

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, on Friday said that its members cannot sustain the National Minimum Wage of N60,000 proposed by the Federal Government.

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, rejected the proposal, asking for more.

They are demanding a much higher wage.

However, the NGF, a platform of the 36 States Governors, said on Friday that it cannot even afford to pay the proposed N60,000.

In a statement by its Acting Director on Media and Public Affairs, Hajiya Halima Ahmed, in Abuja, the NGF sympathised with the labour unions in their push for higher wages.

Ahmed, however, urged all parties to consider the fact that the minimum wage negotiations also involved consequential adjustments across all cadres, including pensioners.

The statement added: “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 cannot fly.

“It will simply mean that many states will spend all their Federal Account Allocation Committee (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.”

Ahmed, on behalf of the governors, appealed to all parties involved, especially the labour unions, to consider all the socio-economic variables.

She urged the stakeholders to settle for an agreement that was sustainable, durable, and fair to all other segments of the society, who had legitimate claim to public resources.

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