Nigeria Labour Congress President Exposes Non-Compliance on Minimum Wage by Majority of Governors in Newly Inaugurated Tripartite Committee

Nigeria Labour Congress President Exposes Non-Compliance on Minimum Wage by Majority of Governors in Newly Inaugurated Tripartite Committee

NLC President Raises Red Flag on Governor Compliance Amidst Tripartite Committee Inauguration

As Vice President Kashim Shettima inaugurated the 37-Member Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage in Abuja, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Joe Ajaero, spotlighted a concerning issue.

Ajaero pointed out that a substantial number of governors within the committee are failing to adhere to the proposed base pay structure, creating a significant hurdle for the committee’s intended purpose.

Strategic Move for Worker Welfare: VP Shettima Highlights Importance of the Committee

Vice President Shettima underscored the strategic significance of the committee, emphasizing its role in ensuring a decent living wage for workers, aligning with the National Minimum Wage Act of 2019.

With the imminent expiration of this Act, the committee’s responsibility of reviewing and proposing new wage structures gains paramount importance.

Governor Non-Compliance: Ajaero Exposes Discrepancies Within the Committee

In an interview with Channels TV, NLC President Ajaero shed light on the issue of non-compliance by several governors represented in the minimum wage committee.

Ajaero asserted, “Most of the governors in the minimum wage committee are those who are not paying minimum wage or paying them in breaches.”

Legal Frameworks and Non-Compliant States: Ajaero Points to Specific Cases

When prompted to identify states failing to implement the minimum wage, Ajaero mentioned Zamfara and expressed uncertainty about Borno and Bauchi.

He raised concerns about the lack of enforcement of laws criminalizing non-compliance with the minimum wage, citing Anambra State as an example where payment discrepancies are prevalent.
Economic Matters: Ajaero Voices Concerns on Curren
cy Dependence

Expanding the conversation to economic concerns, NLC President Ajaero touched upon Nigeria’s dependence on the dollar for transactions.

Expressing worries, he stated, “The issue of the dollarization of the currency is clear, and the FG is not doing anything about it.”

Despite concerns, he acknowledged the government’s choice of the dollar as the benchmark currency.

Government Inaction: Ajaero Criticizes FG’s Approach to Economic Challenges

Ajaero expressed frustration over the government’s inaction regarding the dollarization of the currency.

Despite concerns raised, he acknowledged a sense of helplessness, stating, “We are worried about it, but there is nothing we can do since the Nigerian government has chosen the dollar as a formal currency that will benchmark all they are doing.”