Buhari & Governors Meeting over Minimun Wage, Deadlock

The meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governors at the presidential Villa in Abuja to resolve the issues over the proposed N30,000 National Minimum Wage ended in a deadlock.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum NGF, and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari, led a team of governors to the meeting to speak for the Forum.

The indication that the meeting was deadlock emerged when governors came out wearing long faces and refused to formally address State House correspondents.

Yari and his colleagues declined to talk to the journalists.

The President’s Media Office, which earlier promised to brief reporters on the outcome of the meeting, also kept mum after the meeting.

As of the time of filing this report, the media office had yet to respond to any inquiry.

However, there are indication that pressure was put on the governors to move up to N24,000, a middle course the federal government was said to be disposed to as the NMW.

Those in the meeting to represent NGF apart from Yari include Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode; Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu; and the Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, was also at the meeting.

It will be recalled that the majority of the 36 state governors had maintained that they could only afford to pay N22,500 as the NMW.

They had also stated that the other options were for them to reduce their workforce or the Federal Government would have to review the revenue sharing formula to make more money available to the states.

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