'We Were Not Elected To Only Pay Salaries', Governors Declare
Nigeria Governors’ Forum wants you to know that paying of workers' salaries is not the only reason they were elected.
They argue they were also elected to provide good roads, electricity, education and other necessary amenities for the people.
They've also said there is no way they can perform magic if there are no funds to work with.
They have therefore called for the examination of the national income in the last 14 years to enable them to agree on the contentious issue of minimum wage implementation.
Chairman of the NGF, who is also the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, made their position known to journalists after the meeting of the governors in Abuja on Wednesday night.
The committee working on the minimum wage is almost concluding negotiations on the matter.
The Federal Government had set a September date to roll out a new minimum wage for workers.
The Nigeria Labour Congress is proposing a minimum wage of N65,000 for workers, but the governors are insisting on the gradual implementation of the new wage, if eventually approved.
Yari said it was a pity that state governors had been limited to the payment of salaries alone in their respective states.
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