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‘Debts or not, states must implement new minimum wage now!’- Labour Congress insists

Monday 22 April 2019

The Labour Congress has made it known that state governments must prepare to pay the new minimum wage of N30,000 immediately regardless of any state being in debts.

This is coming after President Buhari signed into law the new minimum wage.

Bobboi Kaigama, the Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, speaking on the new minimum wage said;

Kaigama said, “The minimum wage is effective from the day that President Muhammadu Buhari signed it into law. The law must be respected whether you are in the public or private sector. That a state governor owes salaries is not an excuse not to pay the new minimum wage. They have not paid salaries to their workers because they cannot manage the resources in their possession well.

“They play politics with the resources. Before elections, some of them approached banks and borrowed billions of naira. After elections, they borrowed again to settle part of the outstanding salaries to workers in their states. There will be no relief in any form for any state government; they must all pay the new minimum wage.

“We will pursue it one after the other. We commend states that have come out to say that they are going to pay the new wage. We expect other states to come out and say the same. If they don’t, we will go after them.”

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