BY VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
ABUJA — LEADERS of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday in Abuja, said they had uncover plot by unwilling governors to scuttle the implementation of the N18,000 new minimum wage, even as they asked such governors to quit instead of disobeying the law of the land.
Addressing journalists at the end of their National Executive Council, NEC, meeting, President of NLC, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, claimed that unwilling governors were putting pressures on willing governors not to implement the new wage in order not put them in trouble.
Omar advised such unwilling governors to quit because NLC would battle them to a stand still and said NEC had directed state councils to enter into negotiation with the state government on the modalities for implementation.
He said not even the Federal Government could implement the new wage without meeting with appropriate unions to formulate the modalities and table of implementation.
The NLC President said leaders of NLC met with officials of Natioanl Wages and Salaries Commission on Monday and during the NEC meeting, the leaders of commission came to address the NEC on the issue of guidelines and modalities for implementation.
According to him, “some of those state governors are trying to influence even those who have accepted publicly that they would be ready to pay. It is as if they want to pull them down. They are saying do not pay so that you do not put us in trouble.
This we are aware and we are taking adequate care of because we are more than ever before ready and prepare to ensure that everybody including governors, comply with the laws of the land especially on the N18,000 minimum wage law.”