Nigerian Governors Commit to Reviewing Minimum Wage Report Amidst Federal Cooperation

Nigerian governors have collectively agreed to review the report on the national minimum wage and have expressed their commitment to cooperate with the Federal Government. This decision was reached during a virtual meeting held by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), chaired by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State.

The governors have recognized the need for better wages and have acknowledged the ongoing negotiations, promising to work towards improved conditions for workers across the nation. The 37-member tripartite committee, which includes members from the NGF, is currently in consultation and has yet to finalize its recommendations on the minimum wage.

Governor AbdulRazaq, in a communique, stated, “We are reviewing our individual fiscal space as state governments and the consequential impact of various recommendations to arrive at an improved minimum wage we can pay sustainably.” The governors have assured that they will consider the fiscal position of their respective states to determine their ability to implement the new wage structure.

The NGF also welcomed the outgoing Country Director, Mr. Shubham Chadhuri, and the incoming Country Director, Mr. Ndiame Diop, of the World Bank. The governors praised Mr. Chadhuri for his role in coordinating developmental changes and expressed confidence in Mr. Diop’s leadership for future collaboration.

Furthermore, the governors discussed the revised National Policy on Justice (2024 -2028) from the recent National Summit on Justice, agreeing to consider the summit’s submissions, including recommended legal amendments and policies to strengthen the justice sector.

As the country awaits the final report from the tripartite committee, the governors’ pledge to cooperate with the Federal Government signals a unified approach to addressing the pressing issue of fair wages, reflecting their dedication to service and the well-being of Nigerian workers.

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