Nigerians Kick Against NGF’s Minimum Wage Reduction Plan
The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) had earlier agreed to reduce the minimum wage as a way out of the recent economic challenges in some states.
The Ogun State Chairman of Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Yinka Folarin, expressed displeasure with the development while speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in south-west Nigeria.
Mr Folarin described the attempt as ‘anti-people and betrayal of the confidence reposed in the forum and its promoters’, saying it must be resisted by the populace.
Analysing the options left before the governors in the face of the dwindling finances, few Nigerians have also suggested a cut in overhead costs of political appointees.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, appeared to have dissociated himself from the attempt by asking Local Government Chairmen across the state to think out of the box.
He told them to find alternative means of improving their internally generated revenue to ensure that the 18,000 naira minimum wage is paid to their workers across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.