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Nigeria Labour Congress on Wednesday lambasted the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) for proposing N22, 500 as minimum wage.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the governors of Nigeria’s 36 states after an emergency meeting on Tuesday said they could only pay N22,500 as the new national minimum wage.

“Governors, therefore, agreed to pay a national minimum wage of N22,500,” Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar, Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum said in a statement.

The President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, in a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, said the NGF was not known to law and is thus an illegal body.

Wabba further noted that the Labour Unions have increased its demand from earlier N30,000 minimum wage proposal to N66,500.

“The demand of Organised Labour is not N30,000; our demand is N66,500,” Wabba said at the conference.

The NLC and other labour unions had earlier threatened to commence strike by November 6 if the government does not accept the N30,000 minimum wage.

“We wish to reiterate our position adopted at our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of 23rd October, 2018 that any figure below N30,000 will not be accepted by us.

“We call on our members to continue to mobilise in preparation for the commencement of an indefinite strike on the 6th of November, 2018, if by then necessary steps have not been taken to adopt the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee,” Wabba said.

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