Nigerian governors announced on Tuesday, October 30th that they can only afford to raise the national minimum wage from N18,000 to N22,500 as against the N30,000 being demanded by organised labour.

The governors said this after an emergency meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum in Abuja late on Tuesday.

This was even as the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress held nationwide peaceful protests to sensitise Nigerians to the planned national strike scheduled to begin on November 6.

But civil servants have kicked against the proposed plan by the governors, adding that it is N30,000 or nothing else.

Some of the civil servants who spoke to Bounce News said that the figure is unrealistic in the face of the harsh economic realities on ground.

Charles Nzeribe, a civil servant with the Ministry of Commerce in Lagos State said that the governors are shameless.

"Some will still refuse to pay this peanut to hardworking civil servants by the time its implemented. I blame the voters who reward these thieves every 4 years."

Another civil servant, Bayo Akinmade said the proposed figure is not relevant since it is taxable.

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"It's now worse than before because nobody needs the silly new minimum wage when tax by range affects the money. Government does not tax by percentages anymore. 

''N10,000 - N19,000, N20,000 - N29,000; N30,000 - N39,000 have different tax rates, so, someone on 22,000 and 30,000 get to pay same tax unlike before that it is based on percentages. The market prices will rise to the wage increase tune.''

President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba on Wednesday said with the new twist of things by the government, labour has gone back to its previous demand of N66,500. 

Ayuba Wabba, NLC President Wabba said that the N30,000 which was the agreement at the end of the Tripartite Negotiation Committee meeting was a product of compromise.

He explained that 21 states responded through a proper memoranda at the initial stage of the negotiation and even the quoted figures. 

“There was public hearing and inputs were made before we arrived at N30,000. The demand of organised labour is not N30,000. Our demand is N66,500.”

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