Nigeria Governors' Forum Sets Maximum Minimum Wage at N70,000 | #NwokeukwuMascot


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Abuja, Nigeria — State governors have expressed firm reluctance to approve a minimum wage higher than N70,000, citing economic constraints and concerns about sustainability. This decision emerged from a recent meeting of the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) in Abuja, where the nation’s economic conditions were thoroughly reviewed.

During the meeting, the governors dismissed the proposal for a N100,000 minimum wage, emphasizing that such an amount would be unaffordable and unsustainable for the states. Instead, they focused their discussions on wage options ranging from N60,000, previously offered to labor unions by the Federal Government before a recent strike, to N70,000, the current minimum wage paid by the Edo State Government.

Given the lack of consensus on a uniform minimum wage, the governors established a committee led by Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma. Governor Uzodimma, who also chairs the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), will spearhead the committee's efforts to review all presentations and make recommendations. 

Kwara State Governor and NGF Chairman AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq reiterated that states could only agree to a minimum wage that is "affordable and sustainable." A source from the meeting elaborated, "After deliberating on the minimum wage, we considered options between N60,000 and N70,000 per month. However, no concrete decision was reached, leading to the formation of the Uzodimma Committee, which will present its findings at the next NGF meeting."

The source further stressed that a N100,000 minimum wage was unequivocally ruled out, as no state could afford it.

This stance reflects the governors' commitment to balancing the needs of workers with the fiscal responsibilities of their respective states. The NGF aims to find a feasible solution that ensures fair compensation for workers while maintaining economic stability.


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