State Governors threaten to downsize workforce over N30,000 minimum wage

organised labour in the country have been warned to expect workers sacking if they expect their N30,000 minimum wage demands to be met by state governors.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, after an emergency meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday night.

The forum also asked the Federal Government to consent to the review of the national revenue allocation formula.

Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, Zamfara State Governor, added that a new committee have been set up to meet with President Buhari over the issue.

He said, "Following a meeting of the Nigeria Governors' Forum where we deliberated on the national minimum wage, governors resolved to re-strategise and put together another committee to meet with the President once again, to work out another formula towards quickly resolving the problem associated with the proposed N30.000 minimum wage which is impracticable unless labour agrees to a downsizing of the workforce all over the country or the Federal Government itself accedes to the review of the national revenue allocation formula.

"Members of the committee who were nominated to see the President include the governors of Lagos, Kebbi, Plateau, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi. Enugu and Kaduna."

Yari noted that the report of the Tripartite Committee on minimum wage which had been presented to the President, has been seen by members of the forum, stressing that the committee -headed by Amal Pepple- did not consider the submission of the governors.

He said, "We have seen what has been presented to the President by the (Tripartite) Committee.

"As a member of the committee, our representative there said the committee did not take our submission of N22,500 because it came late.

"I am surprised. How can you do this without the input of the states because the states are the key stakeholders in this business.

"So, a situation whereby our report was not taken or considered by the Tripartite Committee then I don't know how the committee wants us to work."

Yari added that the state governors were not unwilling to pay the proposed N30,000 but had to consider the meagre resources available to them.

He stressed on the need for continued dialogue with workers, for them to see the difficulties the governors were facing.

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