– Boboi Kaigama, president of the Trade Union Congress, says there’s no excuse by state governments for not implementing the minimum wage
– The N66,000 minimum wage is yet to be implemented by state governments
– Kaigama says state governments have money to pay the minimum wage but corruption and incompetence would not allow them to pay
The president of the Trade Union Congress, Boboi Kaigama, has said state governments have no excuse for failing to implement the minimum wage.
Kagaima, who is governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Taraba state, said this shortly after picking his nomination and expression of interest forms at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Friday, September 7, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the governorship aspirant said it is unfortunate that state governments are still giving excuses when they should be preparing to implement the N66,000 minimum being proposed by organised labour.
Kaigama said: The issue of minimum wage is legitimate to the Nigerian worker. It is expected that five years down the line, employers are supposed to sit down with their employees represented by trade unions to review their wages. We are two years behind schedule on this. The dollar rate when the last minimum wage came into being was N150. It has now more than doubled that figure.
“Governors are complaining about the proposed minimum wage, but the fact is that you cannot sit down in your own house and be waiting for allocation from the federation account and think you can pay minimum wage. You have to be creative and develop your own resources.
“There is no state as far as the working class is concerned that will say they cannot pay the proposed minimum wage. The money is there but corruption and incompetence would not allow them to pay.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal government on Monday, August 13, assured Nigerians and the labour workforce that the new minimum wage would begin by the end of September.
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said federal government would announce the new minimum wage before the end of the third quarter, which is September.
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