Minimum wage: ‘It’s shocking’ – Shehu Sani reacts as governors reject N60,000


A former federal lawmaker, Shehu Sani has described as shocking the governors’ opposition to a minimum wage of N60, 000 for civil servants.

Saga Gist understands that during the ongoing negotiations by the tripartite committee, the Federal Government had at one point made an offer of N60, 000 as new minimum wage.

The offer was, however, swiftly rejected by the organized Labour, who demanded over N400,000 as minimum wage.

However, Governors of the 36 states of the federation have even rejected the N60,000 minimum wage earlier proposed by the Federal Government.

Saga Gist further recalls that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had on Monday embarked on indefinite strike after rejecting the federal government’s N60, 000 offer as minimum wage.

In a statement on Friday the Director Media and Public Affairs of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Hajiya Halimah Salihu Ahmed said the N60, 000 wage was not realistic, arguing that if implemented, it would force some states in the country to be borrowing to pay workers’ salaries.

And their position has come to Sani, who represented Kaduna central senatorial ďistrict in the 8th assembly, as a surprise.

“Governors’ opposition to N60,000 as minimum wage in spite of the unprecedented increase in Federal allocation is shocking,” Sani wrote on X.

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