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Nigerian Governors say they can no longer Pay ₦18,000 ($90) Monthly Minimum Wage | NLC Ready to Strike



Ayuba Wabba-NLC

Ayuba Wabba, National Labour Congress President

Nigerian governors of all the 36 states, have said they can no longer afford to pay the ₦18,000 ($90) monthly minimum wage for state workers.

They announced this yesterday, on Thursday November 19, 2015 at the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja.

The governors blamed the steep fall in the price of crude oil from $126 to the current $41 per barrel.

Ayuba Wabba, President of the National Labour Congress (NLC) has already expressed opposition to the move, citing higher cost of living, “₦18,000 cannot take any worker to the bus stop”, and denouncing the “overinflated salaries'” the governors receive.

According to Vanguard, Ayuba also “warned that if the governors wanted organised labour to close down the country, labour was ready to do so.”

Read his statement:

“We reject it totally. Nigerian workers will never accept it. We all know that it is a reality that N18,000 can no longer take the workers home and cannot sustain any family. Many countries are reviewing their minimum wage upwards to meet the current realities. In Nigeria, there is even greater need to increase the minimum wage because our currency had been devalued; inflation keeps rising among others.

“What is the relation of the Nigerian currency to the Dollar or what is value of the N18,000 to the Dollar? We are going to reject the move with all our might. We are not the cause of the problem. They should think out of the box to find solution to the problem.  When there was excess crude money, the workers did not benefit and so, we cannot bear the brunt. If the governors want us to close down the country, we will do that.

“What about their outrageous salaries, bloated overhead cost, inflated contracts and others?  NLC is meeting tomorrow (today) on the organ of the Central Working Committee, CWC. This issue is going to feature prominently and we are going to come with a strong statement on it.  Obviously we cannot bear the brunt. They governors should think  how to generate revenue instead of depending on oil money and allocation from Abuja.

“The governors should know that the ₦18,000 minimum wage was not just negotiated, it was a product of a tripartite process involving the governors, employers and organised labour. It passed through the National Assembly before former President Jonathan signed it into law. If any party wants to breach or renege on such agreement, they should be prepared for the consequences.

“We know there are challenges, but the governors should face reality. The problem is the cost of governance and too many frivolities. Today, with crazy bills from electricity providers, increase in fuel price, school fees, hospital bills, and other utilities, ₦18,000 cannot take any worker to the bus stop.

Source: Vanguard


  1. or

    November 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Buhari is a punishment for voters. Nigerians enjoy it.

    • For real

      November 20, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      nene, is that you? No, otherwise the epistle would have been longer, haha! I would rather have Buhari than another 4 years of Jonathan, my personal choice.

    • nene+

      November 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      @ for real, I am proudly nene+, make no mistakes or couldn’t have said it better. Although I know that worshippers will worship with empty stomach.

      If they are really sincere to reduce cost, it won’t be short changing civil servants. When Buhari started bailing out lazy governors what do you expect?

      Sorry Nigeria, you wanted dividend of democracy.

      Shame to governors who can’t create wealth, some of this lazy governors have never managed a successful business, yet Nigerians keep voting those lazy bunch. A governor of a state should not be less than a successful CEO. Imagine when oil will be no more, emptiness of these politicians glares thru.

      Governors please think. Mtchewww Niger Delta can’t feed Nigeria for ever.

    • For real

      November 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      If he didn’t bail them out, you will still talk. GET OVER your bitterness and proffer solutions rather than moaning about how bad things are, phew.

    • ElessarisEllendil

      November 20, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Its sad that I’m not shocked that 16 years after democracy, some Nigerians do not understand you can’t blame the President for Governor’s poor performance. What next will Nigerians do, blame the Pope for Boko Haram?

    • Taipan

      November 20, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      By the time Buhari hands over to chief of army staff and go for that his proposed 3months leave the Idiots will regret voting him, the case bw biafra and nigeria is coming up january so Buhari wants to systematically handover to military to kill our democracy….hardship everywhere, no fuel no light strike here nd there na wa….baaaaaaaad governance

  2. Tee

    November 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    What is this load of crap that the Governors are saying? N18,000 is ridiculously low to begin with. They owe these salaries half of the time now they want to reduce it? Unfair.

  3. whocares

    November 20, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I am pretty sure if the governments looked around, and I don’t know, maybe stopped looting the state’s money, investing in unnecessary things, and actually cutting out things they do not need within their states, they would be ale to find the money to pay the workers.!!!!!!! Nigerian state governors are a collective disaster. Aside from the money they receive from the federal government are they not aware that a state has to generate its own money as well, and they have to invest wisely. They now come with this flimsy excuse? Oju o tie ti won that they are more or less haggling paying a human being 18,000 a month? Please how much is a bag of rice? No, that is probably too rich. How much is a bag of garri? Yet one jekuruju governor will carry his head to the secretariat and say someone does not come early to work? How will they? We cant blame the Nigerian civil servants if this is what they face. I hope they go on strike.
    This has nothing to do with Buhari. These people are all thieves who cannot manage tying their shoe laces talk less of a state. I keep telling people, running a country or a state is a BUSINESS. You have to generate income and know how to manage the income so the money circulates! Dumb f-. I am too angry now.
    ooooh this is too sad. I just want to collectively slap all of them with the heels of my shoes.

  4. ElessarisEllendil

    November 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Nigerians, we get far too easily distracted. Remember when the the reduce salaries by 50% fever was in the air? How many ended up doing it? Hopefully Oga Ambode reduced his own sha.

    That aside, this might be strategy on the Governors part, let the workers strike them fire the majority. I know it seems heartless but the honest truth is that unskilled labour is far too over-represented in the civil service and they do a shoddy job. Just check out how dirty Ministries are.

    Plot twist though, is fire them and they’re likely to turn to crime, so I’d advice the Governors to give them a soft landing, perhaps alternate funding to set up their own business, paying off their gratuity e.t.c or hiring more Police Men and cracking down hard on crime.

    Still doesn’t take away from the major problems plaguing the country, our top earners are under-taxed, and elected officials overpaid. The part 2 of this saga is that National Assembly will soon use their N150bn+ budget to distract again. Nigeria is a Rabbit Hole!

  5. Nne Oyibo

    November 20, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Wahala deh o. Abeg I don deh find work since nineteen kpiridim, I get customer service skills plus a PMP certification. I fit work pro bono sef. Make una help a sister @[email protected]

  6. For real

    November 20, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    But they can sponsor their daughters’ elaborate weddings and lifestyles – Ajimobi and co.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      November 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      The word “elaborate” is pretty conservative for the sort of spend Ajimobi laid down for that occasion….

  7. Faoye

    November 20, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Arrant nonsense!!!!! are they ready to get their own salaries slashed too?!then they should also think of reducing working hours as well,how will pple work their ass off from 7:45am-5/6pm each day,get stuck in traffic and to recompense them now with dat token is now a problem,our leaders are unbelievable!!! all they care about is their own pockets.its a damn shame

    • DD

      November 20, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Agreed! They should all take some very substantial pay cuts, then we’ll know that they’re serious. I’ve only heard of the Kaduna governor and deputy taking pay cuts, the rest should follow suit before they start claiming they can’t pay salaries.

  8. arknoid

    November 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    90 dollars divided by 30 days- 3dollars a day. Nigerian governors do not have the fear of God. Some people are supporting their family with that money.

    • FasholasLover

      November 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      I tell you. Hell fire will not contain these lot. N18,000, yet, they want to slash it. To what naaah? In short, let the Military come back. Our politicians are too greedy. It is only in Nigerian that a pauper goes into govt’ and become stupendously wealthy within a short while. No questions asked.

      Democracy can return when we are sober!

  9. SMH

    November 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I just pray that on the day of judgement, these people will be punished severely. When you now reduce minimum wage from N18,000 , what is now left? Do these people realize how difficult it is to survive in this country at all? You now want to reduce money that is not even enough to begin with. When are these stingy Governors and Legislators and all their ilk going to slash their salaries? When are they also going to start earning minimum wage too? I mean, they are Civil Servants afterall too right? This is how people heap curses on their heads. In a state like Lagos now, how the hell are they expecting CS folks to cater for their families? Yet you will cry when robbers multiply on the streets. How won’t people resort to dubious means of making money when the stupid people in Government have robbed them blind!
    I am so tired of this country. Next thing we will hear now is private establishments slashing pay and cutting jobs. All because of the idiocy of some mad men that God will punish. Just keep on making poor Nigerians suffer you hear, keep it up. Poverty will kill the masses, but terminal illnesses will kill you and your offspring. Steal all the money and let people keep living in penury, your children shall be laid to waste and no one will remain to inherit all you have stolen. Fucking Bastard leaders!

  10. fleur

    November 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Then cut salaries of bosses and government house staff by 50% so that there is more to go around. If not a good idea because of a sense of entitlement then shut down government and leave only the police, revenue collection and health sectors open-essential services

  11. mrs chidukane

    November 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    The NLC statement is spot on. They will never start cutting with themselves. They should go after the money looted by the former Governor of the state they’re governing. The money recovered will be enough for some things. Then cut the salaries of Lawmakers and so before thinking of other people. When it was 125 none of us benefited so they shouldn’t try that rubbish.

  12. kay

    November 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Reduce themin wage if Danfo or BRT will collect 20 naira from maryland to Ketu. reduce min wage if your going to provide benefits. Reduce min wage if your going to provide free health care and subsidized medications
    Reduce min wage if your going to provide proper tax returns and free basic amenities.
    Reduce it because we benefited from stolen funds.
    You build tolls and electricity with the monies you stole from us, Yet we pay you for utility. let not forget land use charge.
    Reduce it because our public schools are free and up to date. Reduce it because we don’t have an advocate.

    Reduce it because you plan to pay N5000 for unemployed youth., whats the point of working and taking the bus with my little 18000 naira when I can stay at home and get 5000 Naira.

    You have Failed us, Raped us in the rear, and stole our unborn children.
    Your generations will face the wrath of the Lord and our land, Nigeria.

  13. Xristybabes

    November 20, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    what a wicked decision!

  14. DD

    November 20, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    They should be hiding their facing in shame. So they can’t practise fiscal discipline in their states, instead they want to slash the minimum wage? NLC should go ahead with the strike if the governors or FG try to reduce the minimum wage.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      November 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Those are the words that say exactly what my mind is trying to express over this matter – it’s worrying how we keep seeing evidence that many State Governors don’t have a single clue about fiscal discipline.

      When the minimum wage was agreed, what was the long-term plan for sustaining that responsibility? So, they were just relying on one single source of national revenue to yield its fruit from year to year? Are these grown-ass leaders or children waiting for pocket-money?????? NLC should fight this completely because that excuse they’ve given is the weakest of all reasons to reduce the wage.

  15. Iris

    November 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Not just salaries o. They should cut ALLOWANCES. Food allowance, car allowance, clothing allowance. I am sure those are ridiculously inflated too.

  16. stella

    November 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    NLC just spot on…..wen oil prices were really high d masses never benefited,!!!!

  17. prince

    November 20, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Of course they wont be able to. when all they do is open their ugly and smelling mouth and wait for what is coming from Abuja. no diversification. I am so surprise at some states with so much natural resources and amazing tourist centres, yet broke.

    start from the political office holders that are earning millions and not those poor civil servants that earn peanuts.

    China and no single natural resources, yet they one of the most WEALTHIEST country in the world. Nigeria, we are 500years behind. No diversification. #thinknaija

  18. The real D

    November 20, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    When i think i have seen it all in 9ja, they just go and show you there is more that can be done to blow your mind. Cost of living keeps increasing yet, yet you are talking about cutting pay , $90 is not enough for the average man to live in any part of the world. This story reminds me of Nathan’s parable to David after David slept with Bathsheba. You have more yet it is the one that has little you choose to take from. Yet we a very “religious” nation.

  19. Ides of March

    November 20, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Oh God in heaven!! The amount of rage i’m feeling right now defies description. These governors need an ultimatum. “Generate income in your various states and pay your bills or get shot!” Period! I’m so not a radical but these useless lot are enough to drive you to insanity and i am dangerously skating on that edge. Where is a sniper rifle when you need one?! Let me arrange a meeting for you to go and explain all of this to God. Idiots!!! How much more do you think the regular people can bear before they turn on you??!!

  20. Ify

    November 21, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Am so confused, is Nigeria moving forward or backward? Cos its still the same old problems fuel,salary,security, power sighs

  21. Sadia

    November 21, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Ahhh Lord.God is watching.They want to reduce 18 0000 naira. Is that even sufficient in the first place?Have they seen how inflation has killed the value of the naira?So amazing how you can enter market and spend 10000 and be looking for what you bought.Heartless and wicked people.NLC MUST fight.The millions the politicians get for car and clothes nko?Let’s not even go to “salary”,that one isnt available for slashing right..God will judge these people.

  22. Funmi

    November 23, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Oluwa faanu gbawa ni Nigeria.

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