Governors meet Buhari today over minimum wage

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President Muhammadu Buhari with later today, host Governors of Nigeria’s 36 states under the auspices of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), to resolve and decide the new national minimum wage.

Spokesperson of NGF, Abdulrazaque Barkindo, who spoke at the end of a meeting of the governors, on Thursday, said: “It was a very short meeting, of course the very last one for the year, the meeting welcomed the newest governor in its midst, the Osun state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

“The meeting resolved to meet the president on the issue of the minimum wage which hopefully will be resolved before the end of the year. The governors are also meeting the president tomorrow (Friday) to thank him for the way he has handled the economy,” he said.

The NGF chairman and governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, had after the group’s last meeting before yesterday’s sent a delegation to meet with Buhari over the issue.

Yari was accompanied to the meeting by Governors Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna).

Yari had told reporters at the last emergency meeting of NGF that it was impossible for the states to implement the N30,000 minimum wage required by labour unions without downsizing the workforce all over the country.

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