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June 20, 2024

Nigerian Newspapers: Why governors, others are foot-dragging over minimum wage

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In Vanguard’s Nigerian Newspapers review programme, Today in the News, Vanguard reports that as the nation awaits President Bola Tinubu’s executive bill on new minimum wage to the National Assembly, a host of states may need a bailout or retrench workers to be able to pay the N62,000 being proposed by the Federal Government and Organised Private Sector, OPS.

Although most of the states have been getting more allocations since the removal of the fuel subsidy in May 2023, sources told Vanguard that the increment was paltry and not enough to sustain payment of N62,000 minimum wage.

Meanwhile, reports on the political crisis in Rivers state, and the Kano emirship tussle, dominates the frontpages of the national dailies. 

Vanguard reports that governors are hesitant on the implementation of the new minimum wage due to lack of funds in states. 

The newspaper reports Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, has ordered the investigation of accounts of the 23 LGAs.

In Today in the News, Daily Trust reports that the Federal High Court in Kano will today deliver its ruling in the suit seeking to determine the validity of the Kano Emirates Council Repeal Law 2024. 

The newspaper says the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers has asked the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency over the political crisis in the state.

The Guardian reports that the proposed inflation reduction and price stability plan, and the much-awaited minimum wage review, have created fiscal uncertainty. 

The newspaper says the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has asked the APC in Kano not to set the state on fire over chieftaincy law.

Also in Today in the News, This Day reports that the joint union congress of the Police Service Commission (PSC) has accused Kayode Egbetokun, Inspector-General Of Police, of peddling falsehood on the latest recruitment of constables. 

The newspaper says Aiteo Eastern Exploration And Production Company (AEEPCO), operator of the NNPC/ Aiteo Joint Venture on OML 29, has confirmed that it had detected an oil leak at its Nembe swamp facility in OML 29, Nembe, Bayelsa State.