Governors of the 36 states of the Federation have said that they will not succumb to blackmail or be stampeded into reaching an agreement on the new minimum wage.
This is coming as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliate unions would commence a nationwide industrial action starting from midnight today (Wednesday) to protest the delay in fixing a new minimum wage for public servants.
The governors’ position came just as the nation’s apex tax administrator; the Joint Tax Board (JTB) has confirmed that most of the states have witnessed enhanced revenue generation.
The governors under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) said they would only accept a deal after proper assessment of their capacity to pay any increase in wage bill.
THISDAY gathered yesterday from a reliable source close to the governors that the committee set up by the state chief executives to advise them on the minimum wage issue was yet to submit its report.
The source said the committee was not able to interface with the state chief executives last week as planned due to the cancelation of the meeting of National Economic Council (NEC).
“The governors are waiting for the committee’s report to enable them make a statement. I think the committee would have submitted its report last week but that didn’t happen. What the states are saying is that they may not be able to accept a flat rate figure for minimum wage since most of them are currently facing economic challenges,” he said.