28th September, 2011
Payment of the national minimum wage by all the states of the federation is mandatory, says Alhaji Ibrahim Khaleel , President of National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Kano , Khaleel said any governor who could not pay the new wage should resign.
The NULGE president argued that because the payment of the N18,000 national minimum wage was statutorily based , any defaulting government amounted to a violation of the law, saying that such a governor should resign.
Khaleel said, “wage review was a promise made since 1999 during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo .
â€œ The promise then was for the periodic review of wages and salaries in both the private and public sectors ,â€
According to him , an agreement has been reached between the NLC and the three tiers of government when the congress proposed a new national minimum wage of N52,000 .
â€˜â€™ So by refusing to pay the wage , they are flouting the law.