Minimum wage: Governors will pay 9% – Kayode Fayemi


The Nigerian Governors Forum has promised to abide by the approved national minimum wage for workers in states

This was made known by the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum Kayode Fayemi on Sunday, October 6

The governor also said that governors across the states are not divided on the issue of the new national minimum wage as widely reported

The Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, has opened up on the plans of Nigerian governor on the issue of the controversial N30,000 new minimum wage. Fayemi who is also the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum said on Sunday, October 6, that governors will pay 9% of the approved minimum wage.

The Nation reports that the governor also denied reports that his colleagues were divided on the issue of minimum wage implementation across the nation.

He said Nigerian governors do not view the issue of the N30,000 new national minimum wage increase as a general wage review.

“We are not divided. We have agreed to the national minimum wage and we are paying. Even if we do not agree, the National Minimum Wage is already a law which is binding,” Fayemi said.

He also said that the forum had proposed N24,500 as Nigeria’s minimum wage but N30,000 was approved by the federal government. Nothing that the members of the forum will abide by the new approved figure which he said is now a law.

“Whilst we know that there may be a need for a minimal consequential adjustment, we (governors) are together with the Federal Government that this should not exceed 9%.

“We think nine per cent is too much for those who are already earning above the minimum wage,” Fayemi added. Meanwhile, previously reported that Fayemi assured Nigerians that Ekiti state would begin payment of the new N30,000 minimum wage by the end of October.

The governor also said the payment of the new minimum wage will improve the standard of living household members in the state.


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