Governors Reject Federal Minimum Wage Proposal as Unviable

In a bold move, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, comprising all 36 state governors, has firmly rejected the federal government’s proposed N60,000 minimum wage as unviable and doomed to fail.

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According to a statement issued by Mrs. Halima Ahmed, the Acting Director of Media Affairs and Public Relations for the Forum, allowing the new minimum wage would cause numerous states to exhaust their entire monthly federal budget allocations just to pay workers.

The governors argue that the proposed N60,000 minimum wage is simply unsustainable for many state governments given their current fiscal realities. If implemented, they warn that states would be left with no funds remaining for critical public services and infrastructure development.

The governors’ strong opposition to the minimum wage hike sets the stage for a potential showdown with the federal government, which had hoped the increase would provide much-needed relief for Nigeria’s workforce struggling with rising costs of living.

However, the states maintain that any minimum wage proposal must take into account the diverse economic conditions across the country. They are calling for a more pragmatic and flexible approach that allows states to determine minimum wages based on their unique circumstances.

As tensions rise, both the federal government and the states will need to engage in constructive dialogue to find a solution that balances the needs of workers, the fiscal constraints of states, and the broader economic interests of the nation.

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