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Minimum wage: FG, govs meeting continues today

From left: Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong; Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola; Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, and Zamfara State Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari, during the National Minimum Wage Committee meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday Photo: Felix Onigbinde
From left: Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong; Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola; Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, and Zamfara State Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari, during the National Minimum Wage Committee meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday Photo: Felix Onigbinde

… Capacity to pay is our challenge – Yari

A meeting of the Economic Management Team (EMT) under the chairmanship of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with the Governors on National Minimum Wage will continue today, Daily Trust reports.

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The meeting, which held at the State House Villa, Abuja, ended in a deadlock yesterday.

It was convened for both federal and state governments to take a final position on the minimum wage.

However, no deal was reached at the meeting attended by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Rauf Aragbesola (Osun) and Simon Lalong (Plateau).

While the organized labour is insisting on its N30,000 proposal, the federal government and state governments proposed N24,000 and N20,000 respectively.

Also in attendance were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Ministers of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed and Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma.

The Head of Service to the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Director General, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Chief Richard Egbule and Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris also attended the meeting.

At the end of the meeting Ngige told reporters that they had a fruitful deliberation. He said they would reconvene today to further discuss the issue.

“The governors will meet to take a position and brief the Economic Management Team. This meeting is only for the Tripartite Committee of the government side,” he said.

For his part, Yari said they have not come up with any figure.

“The position of the governors is not very clear to some of you. We are willing to pay any amount but the issue is the capacity to pay.

“So by tomorrow (today), we are going to discuss with our governors on the bill by the Minister of Labour and Employment to the NGF Secretariat. We will digest it and come up with our own positions as governors because we are critical stakeholders on this issue,” he said.

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