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Governors, Labour to meet on new minimum wage

Abuja -The Nigeria Governors` Forum (NGF) is to engage Labour to find ways of implementing the new minimum wage.

In a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting on Tuesday in Abuja, the forum said state governors recognised the amended Minimum Wage Act as a valid law but its implementation would pose a challenge to some of the states.

“On the issue of the new minimum wage, members recognised the amended Minimum Wage Act as a valid law. However, its implementation will pose considerable challenge to a number
of states.

“Consequently, members have resolved to engage labour in a holistic manner so that they can jointly agree to a common implementation framework,’’ the communique  read by the NGF chairman,  Gov. Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, stated.

The communiqué said the governors decided to constitute a committee that would determine the financial implications of the new minimum wage and work out its implementation details.

The committee would also examine the “realities this law imposes on the states and its implication for the workers’’, it added.

It called for immediate removal of petroleum subsidy as well as review of the revenue allocation formula.

It also promised to sustain the achievements in the fight to eradicate polio through consistent and comprehensive campaign.

The communiqué condemned the spate of bombings in parts of the country, and urged the Federal Government to “ invest heavily in intelligence and technology’’.

The communiqué said the governor resolved to address the country`s security challenge through dialogue.

About  30 governors attended the meeting. (NAN)


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