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Governors insist on ₦22,500 as Minimum Wage

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Governors of the 36 states of the federation have agreed on paying ₦22,500 as the new minimum wage for civil servants.

The Cable reports that the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari, shared the news.

Yari said that when the minimum wage payable is being determined, it is necessary to consider that the “total personnel cost does not exceed 50 percent of the revenue available to each state.”

He said:

The welfare of all Nigerians is our ultimate concern. In all our States, we are concerned about the deteriorating economic situation experienced by the vulnerable segment of our population.

In agreeing to a National Minimum Wage however, the Forum is even more concerned about development, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure spheres.

It is therefore our considered position that since the percentage of salaried workers is not more than 5 percent of the total working population, our position must not just reflect a figure, but also a sustainable strategy based on ability and capacity to pay, as well as reflective of all our developmental needs in each state.

Governors therefore agreed to pay a national minimum wage of ₦22,500.

The State Governors had previously stated ₦20,000 as the amount payable by them as the new minimum wage, up from the ₦18,000 it currently is.

3 Comments

  1. by_stander

    November 1, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Complete utter nonsense!
    But good to know that “as well as reflective of all our developmental needs in each state”, does not include people earning a living wage.

    This one i cant wrap my head around ->”the % of salaried workers not more than 5% of total working population” <- what the hell does that even mean? that if you work you should not be paid or what? or you are debating which one is better of a socialist and a communist?

    AND

    You say "Our position must not just reflect a figure, but also a sustainable strategy" “It is therefore our considered position that since the percentage of salaried workers is not more than 5 percent of the total working population, our position must not just reflect a figure, but also a sustainable strategy based on ability and capacity to pay, – as well as reflective of all our developmental needs in each state.””

    Do you throw those lines at them and pay them N22,500 to build you a bridge for example? Do actually believe if they earned N22,500 they could build bridges?

    Until you can print your own custom DNA and cloned workers, I am afraid you will need to pay people a living wage!

    This is one major way how we escape the loop of enslavement created for us by lawyers and accountants. people of outdated professions that need to hold everyone else back to make money.

    I am even wondering now how many lawyers and accountants were involved in reaching these conclusion, because it seems anytime i hear something daft that infringes on inalienable rights of human beings in this country, these two professions are always must certainly involved in one way or another. by involved, i mean responsible for causing it.

  2. by_stander

    November 2, 2018 at 11:01 am

    LOL BN are my comments being edited/censored/accidentally deleted?

    cause there seems to be large chunks missing here.

    If we continue to hide the truth and sugar coat lies – we cant make progress as a nation its better we encourage people to speak their mind and speak the truth.

    The things removed from my comments takes away alot of the context.

    • Ephi

      November 2, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      So BN is now editing people’s comments? Odikwa serious. Good luck to you folks with this new path you are treading.

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