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Impeach governors not paying new minimum wage – NLC tells state lawmakers

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Organised labour has asked state house of assemblies to impeach governors who fail to pay the new minimum wage.

Emmanuel Ugboaja, general-secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made the appeal while speaking to journalists on Sunday in Lagos.

In April, President Muhammadu Buhari approved N30,000 as the minimum wage.

After a series of meetings between the federal government and labour leaders, there was an agreement on the implementation of the new minimum wage.

Subsequently, the federal executive council (FEC) directed Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, to effect the payment of N30,000 new minimum wage before December.

The governors, however, said the agreement between the federal government and labour is not binding on them.

But the union said some of the governors fly on private jets, and asked why they cannot pay the new wage.

“It is criminal to say you cannot pay the new minimum wage,” Ugboaja said.

“Some of these leaders ride in private jet, so they can pay.”

He said the organised labour was in support of the return of the labour advisory council, which would help to mediate between the government and workers.

He asked the federal government to take actions against employers who will not pay the new wage.

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