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State Govs Oppose Uniform New Minimum Wage, Want State Police Constitutionalised

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has told the National Minimum Wage Committee to consider present circumstances and unique characteristics of individual states and private sector employers’ in arriving at a new minimum wage.

Labour unions have rubbished the existing national minimum wage of N30,000 because of the raging hyperinflation and the dwindling rate of the Naira.

In January, the Federal Government mobilised the 37-member tripartite committee to work out a new and realistic minimum wage, with representatives from the Federal Government and state governments, private sector and organised labour.

In a communiqué issued at the conclusion of its virtual meeting and signed by its Chairman, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq, dated Wednesday and made available to the press on Thursday, governors of the 36 states NGF dwelt on the minimum wage issue and some current affairs.

The communiqué read in part, “The Forum commiserated with the Governor of Delta State, H.E Sheriff Oborevwori, over the communal clash between Okuama in the Ughelli South Local Government Area and Okolaba in the Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State, and which led to the death of many including 16 military personnel. While condemning the heinous act, members observed a minute of silence for the souls of the departed.

“Members reviewed the progress of the National Minimum Wage Committee and ongoing multi- stakeholder engagements towards agreeing on a fair minimum wage.

“Members urged the NMWC to consider the current realities, individual state peculiarities, and consequential impact on the capacity of the government as well as private sector employers to pay. Members also emphasized the need for proposals to be data- driven and evidence-based.

“The forum highlighted the need for state policing as a critical amendment in the ongoing 1999 Constitutional amendment proceedings to correct a fundamental flaw in the national security architecture….

“Members discussed the growing concern raised by the United States Embassy over illegal and fraudulent intercountry adoption of Nigerian children by US citizens including systemic fraud and corruption, child- buying, the imprisonment of pregnant women, and unreliable or non-existent documentation. Members pledged to engage the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government in a bid to address the situation.

“The forum discussed the progress made by states in implementing various business enabling reforms including those aimed at improving land administration, Public Private Partnership (PPP), investment promotion frameworks, business-enabling infrastructure and regulatory environment under the World Bank supported State Action on Business Enabling Reforms (SABER) Program for Result. Members were implored to leverage available support within the program in implementing related reforms to stimulate further economic growth.”

According to he communiqué, the governors discussed the progress made by states in implementing various business enabling reforms, including those aimed at improving land administration, Public Private Partnership (PPP), investment promotion frameworks, business-enabling infrastructure and regulatory environment under the World Bank supported State Action on Business Enabling Reforms (SABER) programme for result.

The communiqué said that the governors were implored to leverage available support within the programme in implementing related reforms to stimulate further economic growth.

Also, the governors, the communiqué said, received an update from the NGF Senior Health Advisor, Dr. Ahmad Abdulwahab on the Health Sector Renewal Compact, the next round of the Primary Health Care (PHC) leadership challenge and the UNICEF Child Nutrition Fund.

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