PRESIDENT BUHARI

NIGERIAN GOVERNORS emerged from scheduled meeting with President Buhari, Monday, at the presidential villa, Abuja, on the current thorny and controversial new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers and refused to speak on the outcome of the meeting with waiting journalists.

The governors saying nothing on such crucial issue indicates no strength but weak point and poor human relations on the part of the governors and government.   Chairman of Nigerian Governor Forum, NGF, Abdulaziz Yari, handful of State Governors and Nigerian Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige were present at the meeting.

AYUBA WABBA — President Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC.

The governors had, at an emergency meeting a week ago, announced that state governments would be unable to pay N30,000 monthly new minimum wage agreed on by the Tripartite Committee set up by government to review workers minimum wage.

President Buhari had also, while receiving the report of the committee, said government would study the report and legislate on the recommendation of the committee.  State governors are pushing that they could result to rationalizing the workforce in their public service or increase in federal allocation to State government so as to be able to pay the new national minimum wage.

Monday’s meeting of the state governors and President Buhari may have ended in stalemate.  Yet the governors and government owed the public information on the outcome of their discussion with the president.

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