Nigerian governors ordered to pay minimum wage or face impeachment


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has appealed to state Houses of Assembly to identify with workers by compelling governors to pay the new minimum wage.

Emmanuel Ugboaja, General-Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made the appeal while fielding questions from journalists in Lagos.

According to Mr. Ugboaja, any governor who refuses to pay the minimum wage should be impeached.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum had said that the state governors would not pay beyond their individual capacities.

However, the NLC scribe said that there was no basis for the governors to complain about payment of the $82 minimum wage.

He said that they had the capacity to pay.

“It is criminal to say you cannot pay the new minimum wage.Some of these leaders ride in private jets, so they can pay,” Mr Ugboaja said.

He said that organised labour was in support of the return of the Labour Advisory Council, which would help to mediate between the government and workers.

He urged the federal government to take action against employers who would not pay the new wage.

President Muhammadu Buhari signed the N30, 000 ($82) minimum wage laws on April 18.

After that, labour and the government debated heavily on the consequential adjustment on workers’ salaries.

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