Federal Government of Nigeria yesterday said that the governors have no legitimate right to reduce the national minimum wage from the present N18, 000 because it was a product of agreement. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, at a meeting with the leadership of NLC, warned against any plan to reduce the minimum wage. According to the mimister, the governors were only playing politics with the issue of minimum wage. The minister said instead of contemplating to slash the minimum wage, the government would want workers to be paid higher when the economy improves.
Ngige, however, blamed the organised labour for allegedly heating up the system by joining issues with the governors in talking about reduction or increment in minimum wage. According to him, “when the NLC joined the governors in talking about minimum wage, with the governors saying we can’t pay N18,000 minimum wage and NLC says it is time for us to ask for increase, we now know that these are talks that are heating up the system."