Minimum Wage: Governor’s Forum Meeting Cancelled

The meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, was called off after most of the governors refused to show up for their meeting and thus those present couldn’t form a quorum.

Reports state that those present included the chairman of the forum and governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, as well as governors of Jigawa, Adamawa, Niger and Bauchi. The governors of Enugu and Kaduna states were represented by their deputies.

The other 29 governors were neither present nor did they send anyone to represent them. The governors were supposed to discuss the minimum wage for Nigerian workers during the meeting but their inability to form a quorum stalled this.

The Wednesday’s meeting was expected to consolidate on the position taken by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), during an extraordinary meeting which held Tuesday at the Presidential Villa.

Meanwhile, sources gathered earlier that after the federal executive council meeting, which was held on Tuesday, January 15, and presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, the federal government disclosed its plan to tender the resolution of FEC meeting to the National Economic Council (NEC).

The Tuesday meeting, federal government agreed to the new N30, 000 national minimum wage and is planning to forward its proposal and resolution to NEC meeting, which will hold on Thursday, January 17

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The Federal Government has confirmed that it is set to present the N30,000 new National Minimum Wage proposal to the National Economic Council on Thursday, January 17, for further consultations.

It was gathered that this was the key resolution of an extraordinary meeting of the Federal Executive Council yesterday at the Presidential Villa which lasted into the night and presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

The NEC constitutes of state governors, the Central Bank of Nigeria and some major Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.

The Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, informed State House correspondents after the FEC rose that deliberations centred on the minimum wage.

Mohammed did not give further details aside from saying that the government would meet with NEC for more talks.

 

 

He said, “Until after the meeting of the NEC, l cannot (give details) because it is work in progress, since it will also be discussed at the NEC meeting before we come out with the decision. Thereafter, we can address the media.”

The NEC is chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

It would be recalled that last week, Buhari inaugurated a technical committee to guide the government on how to implement a new wage bill.

 

 

The inauguration of the committee came soon after the President also made a commitment to forward a bill on the new minimum wage to the National Assembly.

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“BUHARI CANNOT TELL US WHAT TO DO” governors set for war with president, NLC

The lingering wage issue between the members of the organised labour and the Nigerian government is far from over. Despite the fact that the labour movement have made some form of breakthrough with the executive through the tripartite committee, with just the National Assembly left to placate regarding the implementation of a new wage structure, all indications points to a speedy passage of the new wage bill by the legislature.

With that in mind, it all seem set for the implementation of a new wage structure across the country, including the private sector. But in Nigeria, nothing is so straightforward particularly if it involves the tiers of government.

And so it was that a generally accepted minimum wage is still sometime from realisation as the governors have stated their objection to the N30000 demanded by the organised labour. Indeed, some of them have gone as far as to go on record to state that their state will not be able to pay the new wages.

What many of them agree that the current N18000 paid to workers is not true to the reality of what is on ground in the country at the moment, however, they stressed that while a wage increase is paramount and reasonable, labour’s demands is not in conformity with what their states earn and it would be difficult to meet the new wage demands and still carry out other demands of governance.

Many of them proposed figures that are not in conformity with what the organised labour wanted and they were roundly rejected. On his part, President Buhari did try to see reason with the governors he also encouraged them to find a way to work with labour to avoid an impasse that could lead to industrial action. The president’s effort look unlikely to resolve the issue and a showdown between the governors and labour seem inevitable.

Though some states have indicated interest in paying the N30000 minimum wage, the income of states and the of workers in various state differ, some of these states have even gone as far as including it in their 2019 budget, the vast majority are against labour demand and 2019 will likely be the year labour will enter into a showdown with many state governors.

Some of the governors also took exception to the fact that the Federal Government entered into negotiations with labour without impute from them or their representative, to mitigate this, some of them have agreed to enter into separate negotiation with the labour movement on ways to better reach common ground.

A few of them point to the fact that they currently find it difficult to pay the current wages with many of them owing several months of salaries and with no means of paying the arrears in sight, they believe that N30000 will be impossible unless they get some form of assistance from the Federal government.

One governor in particular has stated that the organised labour cannot dictate wages to states, he particularly took exception with the attempt by labour to create an equal wage umbrella across the states and the Federal government. The Governor who happen to be Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state insist that labour’s approach is against the principle of Federalism.

“The purpose of government is beyond paying salaries of a few; the purpose of government must be to invest in the future. “Some of governors live large and give the impression that we have enough resources but we do not. “Why are you raising the minimum wage when your sustainable revenues on a monthly basis cannot cover your salaries and overheads?

“You cannot impose on a state government a wage level that exceeds its sustainable revenues. “There is a need to look at the minimum wage, but if you look at the minimum wage, you must also look at the capacity to pay.

El-Rufai’s positions echo that of many governors who claim their state have little or no capacity to pay the new wages, however, there have been calls by some to look at increase the percentage of payment according to the category of the an individual in the civil service. They argue that while N30000 could be the least they pay a worker, the increase could be reviewed downward according to the rank of the individual.

 

This proposal seem to have the support of many of the governors, there are indications that some in the organised labour will not agree to the proposal and it could be a particular stinging point when negotiating with the governors individually.

It is also believed that members of the organised labour are not very keen on negotiating with each state government individually and they will call for an umbrella wage limit which will undoubtedly lead to some form of dispute between the both parties.

From all indication, the minimum wage struggle is far from finished, even if the National Assembly pass the bill, there is bound to be conflict among the interested parties and some form of strike action is bound to take place.

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Bombshell! You Cannot Force Any State Government To Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage, El-rufai Tells NLC

The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El Rufai has disclosed that the country’s apex labour body, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC cannot force state governors to pay the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

El-rufai said this in an interview on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019 over the insistence of labour union on N30,000 minimum wage across all states.On his position of new N30,000 minimum wage, El-rufai said: “The purpose of government is beyond paying salaries of a few; the purpose of government must be to invest in the future.

“There is a need to look at the minimum wage, but if you look at the minimum wage, you must also look at the capacity to pay.Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated a Technical Advisory Committee on the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage and reiterated his commitment to its payment.He also announced that workers who presently earn N30,000 would also have their salaries reviewed in accordance with the new minimum wageBut, Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in response said they will oppose any move to tamper with the legitemate earned salaries of workers in the guise of implementing the new minimum wage.

 

 

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Minimum Wage: NLC Cannot Tell States What To Pay Their Workers, Kaduna State Governor el-Rufai Says

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has said that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) do not have the power to impose wage level on State Governors across the country.

El-rufai said this in an interview on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019 over the insistence of labour union on N30,000 minimum wage across all states.

On his position of new N30,000 minimum wage, El-rufai said: “The purpose of government is beyond paying salaries of a few; the purpose of government must be to invest in the future.

“Some of governors live large and give the impression that we have enough resources but we do not.

“Why are you raising the minimum wage when your sustainable revenues on a monthly basis cannot cover your salaries and overheads?

“You cannot impose on a state government a wage level that exceeds its sustainable revenues.

“There is a need to look at the minimum wage, but if you look at the minimum wage, you must also look at the capacity to pay.

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated a Technical Advisory Committee on the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage and reiterated his commitment to its payment.

He also announced that workers who presently earn N30,000 would also have their salaries reviewed in accordance with the new minimum wage.

But, Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in response said they will oppose any move to tamper with legitimately earned salaries of workers in the guise of implementing the new minimum wage.

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Pinnick, NFF, Others Congratulates Bismarch Rewane

The Nigerian Football Federation(NFF)  has congratulated the Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Mr Bismarck Rewane on his appointment as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on New Minimum Wage.

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President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) on Wednesday inaugurated the committee, just before the first meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in the year 2019. The committee is a technical advisory body on the implementation of the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers. Financial Derivatives Company Limited is the Financial Consultant of the Nigeria Football Federation.

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In his congratulatory message, NFF President, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick noted that the NFF had always been convinced of the integrity, capacity and competence of Mr Rewane, whose hard work and diligence have taken Financial Derivatives Company Limited to the very top in Nigeria’s economic circle.

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“When the present NFF board came into office, we sought advice on the most respected and credible company to make our Financial Consultants, and Financial Derivatives Company Limited came highly recommended. We did not hesitate to appoint the company. The company has also become our Financial Adviser.
We trust that Mr Rewane and his committee will do a great job to justify the confidence reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR).”
Bismarck Rewane earned a first degree in economics from the University of Ibadan in 1972 and became an Associate of The Institute of bankers (England and Wales) three years later. In 1976, he joined the First National Bank of Chicago, the USA as Deputy Manager (Credit). He joined the International Merchant Bank (Nigeria) in 1981 and served as General Manager until 1996.

 

He has been an independent Non-Executive Director/Member, Statutory Audit Committee of FCMB Group since 2002, and serves on the boards of several blue-chip concerns within Corporate Nigeria. He has also addressed countless professional and business gatherings on subjects such as foreign exchange management, liability management in a deregulated economy, tools of money market analysis and techniques of investment in the public debt instrument.

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Warning! We Will Not Allow You To Tamper With Workers Salary Because Of Minimum Wage, NLC Warns Buhari

The President of the apex labor body in Nigeria the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has stated that the organised labour will resist any  plan to tamper with workers salaries because  of the implementation of the  proposed new national minimum wage.

Wabba’s warning followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s announcement, that workers who presently earn N30,000, would also have their salaries reviewed in line with the new minimum wage. Speaking with The Nation, Wabba rejected Buhari’s position, saying that there was no basis for such move.“That is not the principle behind the minimum wage and the technical committee is simply a government committee. It is their internal mechanism. I am not so sure that minimum wage is about reducing workers’ wages.

If they have earned their salaries legitimately, there is no way the minimum wage can reduce it. In fact, the minimum wage is about empowering workers and improving on what they collect. I don’t think that decision is right because every salary a worker earns is legitimately negotiated on the table.“I think what they need to do is to reduce salaries of political office holders, those that are collecting salaries that are not appropriated or salaries that are humongous. We know the wastages are the security votes and the high cost of governance,” Wabba stated.

 

 

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Good News! Euphoric Jubilation Breaks Out In Adamawa State As Governor Bindow Promises To Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage To Workers

The Governor of Adamawa State, Jubrilla Bindow , on Wednesday made a promise to pay N30,000 as minimum wage to workers in his state if the Minimum Wage Bill is passed into law.

Bindow spoke in Yola, when he addressed members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), who were on a protest march to press for payment of the new minimum wage.

The governor, who received the labour leaders at the gate of the Government House, said that the welfare of civil servants had always been his concern.

He praised labour unions for the support accorded to his administration.

The workers, led by Mr Ibrahim Walama, who represented NLC President, vowed to vote out governors that refused to pay the N30,000 minimum wage in the 2019 governorship elections.

Walama said the rally would have taken place on Tuesday, but for the inauguration of the governor’s campaign.

He said the N18,000 minimum wage was too meagre to cater for a civil servant and his family hence the need for an increment.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that workers chanted solidarity songs, and marched through major roads within the metropolis.

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NEW DEVELOPMENT!! Confusion As NLC Condemns And Denies Being A Part Of The Federal Government Advisory Council On Minimum Wage

The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, have just distanced itself from the Federal Government’s Advisory Committee. They claim it is not relevant to the new National Minimum Wage agreement.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, said the committee has no bearing with the agreement reached on the minimum wage.

President Muhamamdu Buhari had on Wednesday inaugurated a Technical Advisory Committee on the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage and reiterated his commitment to its payment.

He said the committee would recommend “modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage in such a manner as to minimise its inflationary impact, as well as ensure that its introduction does not lead to job losses’’.

“The work of this technical committee will be the basis of a Finance Bill which will be submitted to the National Assembly, alongside the Minimum Wage Bill,’’ he added.

According to Wabba, the Advisory Committee on minimum wage has no bearing with the agreement reached on the minimum wage.

“The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige had told us that the committee is an internal process of the Federal Government.

”I think it is their own way of facilitating and mobilising their own resources for the implementation and also making sure that nothing is left undone and we do not have any problem with that.

“So, it is normal, I think, because initially we were thinking it is a committee that will renegotiate the new national minimum wage, but they said no, it is an internal process of government.

“So, it is not our problem, but essentially their own and it does not in any way affect our interest, government has the right to set up any committee and we are not even members of that committee, “he said.

He, however, said that he was informed that the committee was strictly on their own to guide government on how to implement the minimum wage, adding, “so clearly if it is how to implement, we do not have problem with that.

Wabba also said that the advisory committee would not in any way affect the timeline of Jan. 23 agreement reached between organised labour and the Federal Government on the transmission of Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly.

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30,000 Proposed New Minimum Wage Not For All Cadres – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said on Wednesday that workers earning more than N30,000, the likely new minimum wage will have their pay renegotiated. The new pay, it seems, will not be for all cadres of workers. It is important to prepare the minds of those to be affected that a windfall is not on the way so as not to be caught unawares, President Buhari said. The government will begin talks with the workers after the new minimum wage Bill must have been passed into a law. The President spoke at the inauguration of the Technical Advisory Committee on the Implementation of a New National Minimum Wage. The development came barely 24 hours after the government and Labour agreed that a New National Minimum Wage Bill will be sent to the National Assembly on or before January 23.

The unions are demanding N30, 000 for the least paid worker. But governors are willing to pay N22, 500 and the Federal Government is offering N24, 000. The President named Bismarck Rewane as head of the panel, which he inaugurated at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, before the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) began. Members of the committee have been drawn from the public and the private sector.

It has a month to complete its work and summit its report and recommendations. The members are: Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Chairman Babatunde Fowler, ex-FIRS boss Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, Dr Ayo Teriba and Prof. Akpan Ekpo.

Others include: Budget Office Director-General Ben Akabueze, who is the secretary of the committee, representative of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF); National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission Chairman Richard Egbule; Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack; Permanent Secretary, General Service Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Olusegun Adekunle; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Mahmoud Isa-Dutse; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Olajide Odewale; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, and Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata.

The other members are: Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Office of the Vice President, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu; Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Economic Policy, Dr. Joseph Nnanna; Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris; Director-General, Debt Management Officer, Ms. Patience Oniaga; Director-General, National Institute of Social and Economic Research, Dr. Folarin Gbadebo-Smith; Statistician-General, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Dr. Yemi Kale; Mrs. Aisha Hamad, Mamman Garba and Tunde Lawal.

Pointing out that the last time Nigeria’s national minimum wage was reviewed was in 2011, Buhari said that it was evident that a review was necessary, despite the prevailing fiscal challenges.

He said: “This is why I constituted the Tripartite Committee of government (federal and states), the Organised Private Sector (OPS) and Labour to consider the national minimum wage and make recommendations to the government for its upward review. That committee has since submitted its report with some recommendations. We are currently working on the final steps that will lead to the submission of a National Minimum Wage Amendment Bill to the National Assembly.

“I want to make it clear that there is no question about whether the National Minimum Wage will be reviewed upwards. I am committed to a review of the Minimum Wage. Also, it is important to explain that even though the subject of a national minimum wage is in the exclusive legislative list, we have been meeting with the state governors because it is imperative that the Federal Government carries the state governments along in determining any upward review of the minimum wage for workers.”

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