The federal government, through the minister of labour, Chris Ngige, had accented to the N30,000 minimum wage demand by NLC.
The joy of the workers nationwide was however shortlived as the government later denied assenting to the N30,000 minimum wage. This has led to fresh controversy with the worker's body threatening another strike.
In a new development by the Punch newspaper, the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) led by the governor of Zamfara state, AbdulAziz Yari, said it cannot afford the organised labour's demand.
The paper also reports that the governors, in their meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday, November 14, resolved to assent to the demand of the labour, provided the NLC and other workers' bodies could allow for immediate downsizing of the workforce across the federation.
Yari listed members of the committee to interface with the Presidency as governors of Lagos, Kebbi, Plateau, Bauchi, Akwa ibom, Ebonyi, Enugu and Kaduna.
“Situation where our report was not taken or considered by the tripartite committee in the presentation to the president, then, I don’t know how the committee wants us to work.
“We still said that we want to pay but the issue is the ability to pay. If we say no, just pay, I don’t know how this formula will work and I don’t know how we can get solution to the issue.
“Today it is N18, 000. In 2015 when the president assumed office, 27 states were not able to pay, not that they chose not to pay. “Now you say N30, 000, how many of us can pay? We will be bankrupt. “So as Nigerians, we should look at the issues seriously.”
He said that only Lagos would be able to pay its workers if the minimum wage is N30,000.
“Like Lagos that is paying about N7 billion as salaries now, if you say it should start paying N30, 000 the cost of salary will be N13 billion.
“From our calculation, it is only Lagos state that will be able to pay 30,000.
“As Nigerians, this is our country, there is no other country we have and we should be fair to this country.”