Most Govs In Committee Not Paying Minimum Wage- Ajaero

Joe Ajaero, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), mentioned in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today that a significant number of governors on the 37-Member Tripartite Committee On Minimum Wage are not adhering to the proposed base pay structure.

This follows the committee’s inauguration in Abuja earlier on Tuesday by Vice President Kashim Shettima, who emphasized the goal of securing a decent living wage and aligning with the National Minimum Wage Act of 2019, set to expire in the coming months.

He said said, ”Most of the governors in the minimum wage committee are those who are not paying minimum wage or paying them in breaches.”

”The governors who are in full compliance with the minimum wage are not adequately represented, so whatever made the Federal Government bring in those who are not compliant or compliant in breaches to form the bulk of the membership of the minimum wage committee from the state government that will unfold with time,” he added.

When sked to name certain states that have failed to implement the minimum wage, Ajaero said, “A state like Zamfara, I don’t know how much Borno and Bauchi are paying, there is a minimum wage law which criminalises the non-compliance of the minimum wage.”

”And the Nigerian state has not tried to enforce these laws, others are just enforcing them in breaches. Take Anambra State for instance, Anambra State pays N30,000 for the least paid. I challenge anybody from Anambra to prove that even a permanent secretary is earning up to N170,000 or N180,000,” he said.


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