The Nigerian Governors Forum has advised the National Assembly against passing a new National Minimum Wage that would be difficult for states to pay.
Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, who is also the Chairman of the Forum, gave this warning in a media chat just as the Legislature begins the public hearing on new National Minimum Wage bill.
Organised labour had rejected the N27,000 approved by the National Council of States as minimum national wage, instead demanding for N30,000.
Yari said the demand for N30,000 as the new minimum was not realistic. He said only Lagos State can afford that amount as minimum wage, not even Rivers can pay that much.
He said leaders must tell themselves the truth and not pass figures that would be difficult to implement in the field.
“It is easy to call figures, but when it comes to implementing in the field, it becomes a problem. Only Lagos can afford the N30,000 as minimum wage, not even Rivers can afford to pay that much,” he said.