The Oyo state governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, has declared his intentions to negotiate with the state’s chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on payment of the new minimum wage.
Makinde made this known while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, after attending the induction programme for returning and newly elected governors.
Faulting the federal government for signing the 30,000 minimum wage bill into law, he stated that the state cannot afford to pay 30,000 minimum wages to workers.
The governor-elect noted that the federal government should have given the states the chance to negotiate the new minimum wage for their workers as the condition of living varies from state to state.
Makinde reiterated that the federal government lacks the power to impose a national minimum wage of states since Nigeria is a federation.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have demanded immediate payment of the new minimum wage, as they celebrate workers’ day on May 1.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, and the president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Bala Kaigama, jointly read the address to the workers at the May Day celebration held at the Eagles Square, Abuja.