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Minimum Wage: No Governor Can Go Below N30,000 — NLC

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Tobi Adebayo

The Nigeria Labour Congress President, Dr Ayuba Wabba has said that every state governor was bound to respect the new wage structure and negotiate with labour to decide what the consequential increase should be.

He also said that the National Minimum Wage law is binding on all, and that governors cannot pay below N30,000.

Dr Wabba made this known at a one-day review meeting on the New National Minimum Wage with state council chairmen.

“All of us are aware that from the day the president signed the minimum wage bill into law it becomes enforceable.

“It can be enforced through court of law, and certainly, there is no excuse for any state to say that it is not going to respect a law that is actually based on the constitution.

“The national minimum wage is actually a constitutional issue, so clearly, it is about respecting our laws and also respecting international convention and procedures.

“But importantly, it is to respect the principles of Tripatism, social dialogue in addressing industrial relation issues.

“So clearly, you can see that we are providing this guide, so that we can also play our role effectively as National Labour Congress, as workers’ organisation, to be able to see that there is seamless implementation,” he said.

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