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Minimum Wage: Governors say they’re not Elected to Pay Salaries Alone



Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari

Nigerian governors have said that they are not elected just to pay salaries alone, Abdulaziz Yari

This was made known by the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state.

Yari spoke to journalists on Wednesday night after their NGF meeting.

The governors were reacting to the federal government’s plan to increase the national minimum wage.

Yari said that other sectors need funding too, not just payment of salaries.

“I don’t think you people voted us for only to pay salaries. You are looking for good roads, electricity, education, and others. So, we can’t do magic. It’s only when we have the funds do all those things,” Yari said.

On the minimum wage, Yari said:

We have a committee of six which represents us in discussions in the committee headed by the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige.

The committee has yet to give us the final report. They have given us an interim report that at the Federal Government level, over 82 per cent is being spent on overheads which cannot move the country forward in terms of infrastructure development and development that we need now.

So, on our own part, we are saying we are going to look at how our income is taken from our final account from 14 years ago so that we can come up and stay in the middle.


  1. by_stander

    August 17, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Na wa oh!

    The economic dynamics of minimum wage is even less understood than i thought in that N20k minimum wage society.

    Shebi one would have thought they would kuku vote for intellects, but what am i saying sef, are Accountants and Lawyers not so called intellects? see what they have done to the country na, who will be trusting intellects again?

    Anyways sha, long story short (because some of the benefits of high wages are obvious), the low amount you are paying plays into the hands of those Lawyers and Accountants agenda, because it wouldn’t be feasible to have monopolies written into laws and policies for any one profession with high wages.

    Maybe i am speaking too much english, lets call it Living Wage. N20k is not a living wage today,. N20k only helps you keep your facade running so you don’t have to look into why your economy is not performing.

    If you have to pay people a living wage, then you will be more serious about having a functioning economy. not one being monopolized by Accountants and Lawyers through legislations that infringe on inalienable rights of human beings. .

    In any case if you still don’t understand my english, common sense should tell you that human beings can not eat roads or electricity, but they were eating perfectly fine before these things were ever invented or discovered.

    • 9ja

      August 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      BY-STANDER, why the repeated animus against Lawyers and Accountants on multiple threads? Was your uni application rejected by the accounting and law departments? LMAO!

      Meanwhile, the Govs should please STFU! The monies that they used to fly first-class to visit Buhari in London and around the world capitals, and to stay only in the most luxurious hotels abroad with a large entourage, buy/hire private jets to travel domestically, turn each Govt House into an all-you-can-eat restaurant, maintain useless Governor’s Lodges in Abuja (and some of them still have State Liaison Offices in Lagos), appoint all manner of political jobbers into positions of patronage, each with a government car and driver, estacode and all manner of perks, etc., etc., would go a long way in paying a livable minimum wage. Having said all that, we also have to acknowledge that most of our state governments are overbloated and largely staffed with ill-trained and downright incompetent folks.

    • Elle

      August 18, 2018 at 5:56 am

      Infact, me sef I don’t understand. Even on topics that have nothing to do with accountants and lawyers. This one na real obsession.

    • TheRealist

      August 17, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      @by_stander, humans cannot eat poverty either! Roads and electricity facilitates commerce, business, trade and even human resource development (as in education and healthcare, among others). These in turn generate wealth and create economic opportunities and jobs that enable folks to “eat” (which employed folk would in turn pay taxes that would be used to invest in social infrastructure (education, health, etc) and provide public services.

      Unfortunately, in the windfall “economy” of Nigeria (which is primarily based on hydrocarbon revenues that, until quite recently, we were not even producing ourselves), the emphasis is often only on SHARING and most folks have completely lost sight of the nexus between investment, competence and revenues. It is therefore hardly surprising to see some folks think that government revenues should be devoted to “eating” instead of primarily in foundational infrastructure that would underwrite sustainable “eating”!

    • by_stander

      August 18, 2018 at 2:51 am

      Your reply is a joke right?

      “Humans can not eat poverty” in what part of my post did i suggest that people should eat poverty?

      How does paying people a living wage translate to keeping them below poverty line or making them eat poverty?

      I will give you the benefit of doubt that you not an Accountant or a Lawyer cause they can up come with BS arguments like this, so i will proceed to further clarify my post.

      i suggested that before roads and electricity, people survived so long as their inalienable rights were not infringed. (Maybe you never had someone older than you tell you “things were alot better before when i was younger”)

      If you know about inalienable rights of human beings then you know, that economic freedom and right to earn a living are part of those rights.

      People can not loose their nexus of prosperity and inalienable rights unless they are disabled or its taken from them ( which is the case in a N20k minimum wage society where laws and policies exists to infringe on inalienable rights of human beings in favour of accountants and lawyers)

      A resource is never a curse, Bad laws and policies are! it means that people can not progress or take adequate advantages of their resources.

      Normal people do not wake up loosing their sense of wanting to prosper!

      In your assertion of creating jobs and opportunities through capital projects (which would be the case if lawyers and accountants had not destroyed the economic liberty of the people in the first place ) you failed to highlight – how the majority of the input, is from monopolies/foreigners which means that’s everything from your machine to the basic design, are imported and where possible, the labour too – Effects of which are negative in the context of directly creating jobs and opportunities.

      On the secondary aspect(which we can touch on cause we assume the natural resource can provided all the funding required), How do people now use these facilities to prosper when their economic liberty and or right to earn a living are being infringed upon by lawyers and accountants through legislation?

      Or you still can not see the connections and all the issues in your N20k minimum wage society ?

      If not, then what i will like to know now, since you concluded that paying people a living wage amounts to not building roads and having electricity, Can you please explain why they have roads and electricity while pay living wages in the UK and US?

  2. Nnenne

    August 17, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    You all were also elected to create money and not depend on the stipend from Abuja.

  3. danladi

    August 18, 2018 at 12:59 am

    pls yari should pls keep his mouth short. Is it bcos he has finished his tenure… If the first timer want to follow him let them go ahead our pvc are set waiting for them… If they cant pay let them give way to those that are ready to come in.. And that is final.. Nigeria sai baba buhari…

  4. TheRealist

    August 18, 2018 at 4:57 am

    There’s absolutely nothing (not a single line) in my post opposing the payment of a living wage. Merely took umbrage at your position that “human beings cannot eat roads and electricity, but they were eating fine we’ll before these things were invented or discovered” which implies that such infrastructure were unnecessary or not a priority. Dude, whatever anecdote and tales by the moonlight your grandpa may be telling you about a time when folks were routinely dropping dead in their 20s and 30s, life was NOT better without these things. My point was simply that you first need to generate wealth to underwrite sustainable living wages, and these foundational infrastructure are crucial thereto.

    PS: Btw, the US and the UK are terrible examples to use. These countries built infrastructure (eg, the US railroads) on the back of decades of cheap exploitative labor and dangerous working conditions, and furthermore on the back of colonial exploitation in the case of the UK. In addition, most folks would argue that the current $7,25 minimum wage in the US is hardly a real living wage (especially in a country without universal access to affordable healthcare). These are not necessarily the models of development you want to pursue.

  5. by_stander

    August 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    You cant twist your way out to win an argument. Your tacts is well understood to be how Lawyers and Accountants make cases for highest forms of stupidity and borderline madness.

    :Lets be clear.

    You implied through your statement “humans cannot eat poverty either!”, that they can not pay a living wage AND build roads.

    I would say that too is a argument for slavery but i digress…

    Nothing is more of a priority than the inalienable rights of human beings, so i don’t know what planet you think you are from or live on. But 1 human being is by far more important to me than all the roads or electricity in the world.

    So maybe here is where we fundamentally differ, you place value on roads and electricity and i place value on human life and humanity and say since your roads and electric facilities are man-made, they will still be built when human beings are allowed to live their lives without infringing on their inalienable rights.

    The money to buy the infracture sef is man-made!

    And please don’t try to use advancement in science and technology to make a case for why you will like to infringe of the inalienable rights for human beings

    1) Your N20k minimum wage society is not advancing in any research area
    2) Everything you use that is related to science and technology is imported.(guess where you imported them from?)

    All that thanks to the age old professions of lawyers and accountants that always try stagnate the society in favor of their out dated profession.

    Can i ask you a sincere question do you think your current country is more advanced than ancient Rome? how about without all the imports?

    The UK and US examples i used was to help make a point of paying people a living wage and still building infrastructure cause african slaves didn’t build everything in the US and UK regardless of what you will like to believe,

    @ N361.01 to $1, t $7,25 translates to N83,754.32 (more than 4x) – and like you said “most folks would argue that the current $7,25 minimum wage in the US is hardly a real living wage (especially in a country without universal access to affordable healthcare)” . but guess who are the type of people earning that sort of pay in your N20k minimum wage society? do those ones have universal access to any type of healthcare?

    Do you even know how low you have to go to earn minimum wage in the US?

    One can even argue that having to pay people their fair due and lack off was the driver for slave labour.

    Read about the “Charter Generation” the first few africans to arrive on continental America were indentured servants alongside whites folks and they were freed and given the use of land after a period of time.

    (Today we know indentured labour is a form of slavery – But back then the accountants and lawyers told us it was legal – not even sure houseboy and housegirl era has left your society)

    And just like you right now, people existed at african ports facilitating slave trade for the creation of wealth. they probably justified it by saying “people can not eat poverty either”, when people were saying that its slavery and they cant move the society forward like that.

    Even the American Homestead Act (1862) permitted heads of households (including women, immigrants and “former slaves”) to claim a 160-acre plot of land free of charge as long as they erected a dwelling and improved it over a five-year period.

    Just imagine, former slaves 157 years ago have more rights than you today in your own N20k minimum wage society. Abi my Grandpa made that one up too? LOL

    But maybe all these is going in too deep (because i haven’t even discoursed monopsony, freedom from coercion, e.t.c) to expose how Lawyers and Accountants do not have a grip on reality or if they do, they try to twist it in their own favour (even going as far changing what you learn about Economics in educational institutions) because even France had Laissez-faire at some point.. So let me simplify…

    Where America/British had slavery(human resource) to build, Your N20k minimum wage society has Oil (natural resource)

    Biko spot the difference na, what is wrong with this picture? Why are you not a superpower or 1st world country? with all your bridges and roads?

    Look i’m not here to make excuses for US and UK because i agree with you on one thing, you can not carbon copy or plagiarize what they’re doing without understanding- its the ultimate recipe for disaster especially when we have lawyers and accountants copying only the part that favours them and leaving out the checks and balances that ensure they don’t turn their profession into a monopoly on inalienable rights of human beings.

    I am here to tell you that inalienable rights of human beings is the number one priority if and when you want to move your society forward.

    • TheRealist

      August 19, 2018 at 5:43 am

      Bye-bye-sitter, sorry but I stopped reading where you FAILED to comprehend that I am NOT opposed to living wages for Nigerian workers. You seem to be one of those who spend an eternity on Google “research” and then embark upon a meaningless Strawman Argument. SMH

    • by_stander

      August 19, 2018 at 11:44 am

      I beg to differ, you stopped reading when you found out on google everything i was saying is true.

      But i’ll acknowledge a truce if you take back your statement and rephase it to be more appropriate and not make an argument for slavery.

  6. Ceetoo

    August 18, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Yes they are not elected to pay salaries alone but to also loot the salaries ?
    Sorry I couldn’t help that.

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