The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, in his new year message on Tuesday, said no excuse would be good enough for failure to pay the new minimum wage signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking in Abuja, the president implored states that are yet to implement the new national minimum wage, including states that are yet to begin negotiation with labour on the consequential wage adjustment, to speedily do the needful.
He said, “In tandem with our position as adopted and communicated after a stakeholders’ meeting on Dec. 11, 2019, organised labour will not guarantee industrial harmony in states that fail to implement the new national minimum wage by Dec. 31, 2019."
Wabba said, “We wish to remind state governors that no excuse would be good enough for failure to pay."
Hence, he gave an order for the state council to robustly engage state governments that fail to obey the law.
He noted that "The ongoing revelations on the monumental looting perpetrated by former governors prove that only an intent to loot and deadened conscience, not the availability of resources, would be the reason any governor would hesitate to pay workers the N30,000 new national minimum wage and the consequential adjustment in salaries."