Nigerian Governors Complain Of Lack Resources For Salary Increase

(Silas Ofori)-As Nigerian workers salivate over plans by the Federal Government review upward the minimum wage, Nigerian governors have raised an alarm that it lacked the resources to meet such expectation.

Addressing newsmen after a meeting of the governors in Abuja on Wednesday the Chairman of Nigerian Governor’s Forum, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, maintained that they were not opposed to the upward review of the minimum wage but that the states are struggling to pay the old minimum wage of 18,000.

He said: “The problem of states is the capacity to pay what is agreed. As we are talking today we are struggling with N18,000. Some of the states are paying 35 per cent, some 50 per cent and still some states have salary arrears.

“So, it is not about only reviewing it but how we are going to get the resources to cater for it,” a response that may shift the responsibility to the federal government if the centre decides to go ahead.

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