The Oyo state governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, has said the state cannot pay the new national minimum wage of N30,000 just signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Makinde in a report in Tribune
published on Wednesday, May 1, said the federal governments should have
allowed states to negotiate the new minimum wage for their workers as
the condition of living varies from state to state.
reporters in Abuja after attending the induction programme for
returning and newly elected governors that he intends to negotiate with
the Oyo state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) because the
state could not afford to pay the amount.
He said the federal government lacks the power to impose a national minimum wage of states since Nigeria is a federation.
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