According to Daily post, The Nigerian Forum of Governors, NGF has given detailed explanation on why they are scared of increasing the minimum wages of workers under review.
Nigeria news Agency (NAN) reports that the Forum’s Chairman in person of Gov. Yari of Zamfara state gave this report while addressing newsmen on the result of the forum’s meeting held on Wednesday in Abuja.
NIGERIA DAILY TIMES has previously reported that Dr. Chris Ngige which is the Minister of Labour and Employment, has on Wednesday maintained FG stand on the new Minimum wages. Gov. Yari declares that the agreed minimum wages is based on the resources on ground to take care of the it, this issue was not just on agreed figure to be paid by governors, he said.
He said that the forum made further explanation that the governors were not against any upward review of salaries or against the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to get minimum wage reviewed.
“But, the problem of state is the available resources to pay what is agreed. As we are talking today we are struggling with N18,000. Some of the states are paying 35 per cent, some 50 per cent and still some states have salary arrears,” Yari said.
“So, it is not about only reviewing it but how we are going to get the resources to handle it.”
Gov. Yari added that the chairman for NLC Wabba was invited to come and explain how states has perform with the bail out fund and the Paris fund.
“So, we invited the National President of NLC to give us details on how some states performed. Some other states that are not up to date, where are they,” he said.
“So they have signed Memorandum of Understanding with the NLC at the national level and their representative in states on when they are going to overcome the issue of salary.”