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N30,000 minimum wage has no value to workers at this critical time - Governor Obaseki states reason





- Governor Godwin Obaseki says considering Nigeria's economic challenges, the N30,000 does not make much meaning

- Obaseki advocates for strong institutions that would make the country formidable in growth and development

- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it is monitoring states and how they would implement the minimum wage

The N30,000 minimum wage clamoured for by the organised labour no longer have value because of the current economic situation Nigeria is facing, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has said.

Obaseki said Nigeria urgently needed strong institutions to stabilise it and ensure its economic growth.

Vanguard reports that the governor spoke at the seventh quadrennial delegates conference of the Non-Academic Staff Unions of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) that took place in Abuja.

According to Obaseki, his state currently pays N25,000 as initiated by former governor, Adams Oshiomhole, and this was even at a time the minimum wage was N18,000.

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While noting that the new minimum wage is not a challenge to his administration, he added: “For me personally, I don’t think the emphasis should be on N30,000 minimum wage, the emphasis should be on improving the environment in which workers work such that they can be more productive and justify what we pay.

"N30,000 you can agree with me cannot take workers home."

He urged the organised labour to work towards ensuring that education is made important for the growth and development of the country.

“Nigeria does not need strong men, what it needs are strong institutions. Strong institutions are the cornerstone of any stable government and for institution to function optimally, it must be guaranteed stable and assured funding," he argued.

He noted that the country constantly faces issues of lack of enough funds for developmental projects adding that as a result, it is real to state that the federal government no longer has what is required to meet its goals.

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“Any government that believes that it can do it itself, it can carry out the total function on its own today is only deceiving itself," Obaseki said.

Speaking at the event, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), urged state governors not to hesitate any longer concerning the implementation of the minimum wage.

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He said the labour organisation was closely monitoring the implementation in the 36 states of the federation.

"There is no state in Nigeria that will say N30,000 is too much for workforce. We are more than that and we believe, he who has put in his best deserves his wage," Wabba said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that while some states are still battling with how to implement the N30,000 minimum wage, Lagos government announced it would pay N35,000.

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