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Govs will face showdown over N18, 000 minimum wage – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has said governors will face showdown if they should go back from paying the N18, 000 minimum wage approved by the Federal Government.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, said the states were finding it extremely difficult to continue to pay the N18, 000 National Minimum Wage promulgated into law in 2011 because of the fall in the price of crude oil.

A statement by the President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said the labour movement would do everything within the confines of the constitution to ensure that the living standard of Nigerian workers is not reduced.

Wabba said, “If the recent statement by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum is intended to maneuver them away from addressing these imperatives, then it is bound to fail as we are ready to do battle to raise the living standard of the Nigerian working people.

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this attempt to reverse the National Minimum Wage is a declaration of war against the working people of this country, and we would have no alternative than to mobilize to respond to this act of aggression by the political class on our welfare.”