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Governors in crucial meeting over minimum wage, NASS invasion, election timetable

Alarmed by the grim prospects of election-timetable change by the National Assembly and the contentious issue of minimum wage implementation, governors under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors Forum are currently meeting in Abuja.

The chairman of the NGF and Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, is presiding over the meeting meant for them to take a position as a new amount agreed on by the Federal Government and labour to serve as Nigeria’s new minimum wage would be announced in the next two weeks.

The President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Mr. Bobboi Kaigama, had announced last month that the committee working on the minimum wage had almost concluded negotiations on the matter.

The Federal Government had set a September date to roll out a new minimum wage for workers.

Civil servants in Nigeria are eagerly awaiting a wage increase after years of enduring a wage structure, described by analysts as one of the lowest in the world.

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The minimum wage being proposed by government and labour, the governors are insisting on the staggering of the implementation of the new wage if approved.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is proposing a minimum wage of N65,000 for workers.

The Governors are  also discussing the National Electoral Commission (INEC) timetable for the 2019 general election, the recent siege on the National Assembly and the freezing of accounts of Benue and Akwa Ibom states by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Other matters listed on the agenda of the meeting the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) distribution for July, 2018 and the report on Open Government Partnership Global Summit, Tbilisi Georgia.

Also slated to be considered at the meeting were the communique from the 41st meeting on Joint Tax Board and the report on Hajj Traffic Sharing with Saudi carriers, among other issues.

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