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BREAKING: N60,000 minimum wage too high for workers, not sustainable – Governors Kicks

Governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors Forum have rejected the proposed N60,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

In a statement which was issued on Friday, 7th of June, 2024 by the Director of Media and Public Affairs for NGF, Halimah Salihu Ahmed, the governors said the proposed minimum wage is too high and not sustainable.

The forum expressed concerns that if the N60,000 minimum wage is adopted, many states would allocate their entire Federal Account Allocation Committee funds to salaries, leaving no resources for development projects.

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The statement read in part,

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“The Nigeria Governors’ Forum is in agreement that a new minimum wage is due. The Forum also sympathises with labour unions in their push for higher wages.

BREAKING: N60,000 minimum wage too high for workers, not sustainable – Governors Kicks
BREAKING: N60,000 minimum wage too high for workers, not sustainable – Governors Kicks 1

However, the Forum urges all parties to consider the fact that the minimum wage negotiations also involve consequential adjustments across all cadres, including pensioners. 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.

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“All things considered, the NGF holds that the N60,000 minimum wage proposal is not sustainable and can not fly. It will simply mean that many states will spend all their 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.”

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The NGF urged all parties involved in the negotiation process, particularly the labor unions, to take into account all socioeconomic factors and reach a sustainable agreement. [CONTINUE READING HERE]>>>>>



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