Minimum Wage: Otorm Ready to any amount whilst other Governors insist on ₦22,500
Nigerian governors met in Abuja on Tuesday night and said they can only increase workers salary in their states from ₦18,000 to ₦22, 500 per month.
The resolve of the governors was contrary to the demand of the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress that the minimum wage must be increased to ₦30,000.
The Federal Government had earlier offered to pay ₦24, 000 as minimum wage.
Labour had declared that it would order workers to go on strike from November 6, 2019, if the government refused to take a decisive action on its demand.
However, the threat of the workers was believed to have made the leadership of the governors to convene an emergency meeting.
I will pay any amount adopted as minimum wage, says Ortom
Meanwhile, Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has said he will pay any amount adopted as minimum salary.
Ortom stated this on Tuesday in Makurdi, when members of Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, and other sister unions visited him to register their support for the upward review of wages.
“I will work in line with the outcome of the new minimum wage committee.
“I am known for championing improved welfare for workers. I did it when I was the Chairman of Guma Local Government Area.
“When I came on board as governor, primary school teachers were not receiving the N18,000.00 minimum wage. I stepped up their salaries without waiting for them to mount pressure on me to do so.
“I wanted them to be at par with other civil servants in the State.
“They did not march in protest before I increased their salaries. I am not against a better life for workers,” he said.