The Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, has warned state governors who do not pay the current minimum wage of N30,000.
Negotiations between Ngige and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, about instituting legal proceedings against governors who have failed to pay the current minimum wage are continuing, according to Ngige.
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The minister said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics that state governors who do not pay the minimum wage are breaking Nigerian rule.
According to Ngige: “If you read the Act well, you will see the applicability of the Act. The applicability is that all parts of the Federation (Section II); Section III also says N30,000 shall be paid, the operating word is shall.
“It does not give room for picking and choosing, it is a must. The state governors that are not paying are breaching the law of the land.
“This is a national law that states what you will pay to the lowest-paid employee (worker) in your establishment; state governments are employers… they are caught in the web of this law until repealed.
“I am working with the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF); the statute allows me to sue them.
“I have the legal authority to sue any employer.
If governors have immunity, I will go from the secretary to the cabinet, to the head of the service, and all the way down to the State Executive Council; I don’t require permission to take them all to court.”