The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has agreed to pay the sum of N22, 500 as new minimum wage for workers, as against the existing N18,000.
Chairman of the Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, disclosed this in a statement at the end of an emergency meeting of the governors held on Tuesday in Abuja.
The decision was reached after a 3- hour meeting of the governors under that auspices of Nigeria Governors’ Forum in Abuja late Tuesday evening.
Chairman of the NGF, who is also the Governor of Zamfara State, Mr. Abdulaziz Yari, who briefed journalists after the meeting, said that the welfare of all Nigerians was the ultimate concern to the governors.
The resolve of the governors was contrary to the demand of the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress that the minimum wage must be increased to N30,000.
The Federal Government had earlier offered to pay N24, 000 as minimum wage.
Labour had declared that it would order workers to go on strike from November 6, 2019, if the government refused to take a decisive action on its demand.
However, the threat of the workers was believed to have made the leadership of the governors to convene an emergency meeting.
The meeting of the governors, which was held under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, was attended by the Ministers of Labour and Productivity and that of National Planning, Senator Chris Ngige and Senator Udoma Udoma, respectively.