Only Lagos can afford N30, 000 minimum wage — Govs


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The thirty- six state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, met last night in Abuja, saying only Lagos State Government can pay the new minimum wage of N30,000. The governors also resolved to downsize, if they must pay the new minimum wage.

“But we still say we want to pay but the issue is the ability to pay. I don’t know how this formula will come and I don’t know how we can get solution to the issue.

“We are not able to N18,000 today. When the President assumed office, 27 states were not able to pay; not that they choose not to pay, now you say N30,000. How many of them can pay? We will be bankrupt.

“So, as Nigerians, we should look at the issues seriously. While other people are saying governors are flying jets and living in affluence, that one is not luxury but compulsory.

“Put together, the issue of government overhead cost with personnel cost still cannot solve this problem. “Like Lagos that is paying about N7 billion as salaries, if you say it should pay N30,000, now it will be N13 billion.

“From our calculation, it is only Lagos State that will be able to pay N30,000. As Nigerians, this is our country, there is no other country we have and we should be fair to this country.

 “As for the way forward, we will continue to talk with Labour, let them see reasons governors have difficulties.

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