Oblige debtor states to pay, NLC signals FG

The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) has called on the federal government to compel state governors who owe the national minimum wage to implement it without further delay.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba made the call during the ongoing 110 session of the International Labor Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Saturday.

Wabba was giving an update on issues affecting Nigerian workers at the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that once a country has ratified an ILO Convention, it is required to report regularly on the steps it has taken towards its implementation.

Wabba said four of the 36 states have yet to start or implement the national minimum wage since 2019, when the federal government began implementing the wage in the country.

According to him, the minimum wage is a law and a convention that the Nigerian government has ratified.

“In 2019, the minimum wage was enacted, but as I speak to you, four states have not implemented it and these are Taraba, Zamfara, Cross River and Abia.

“They haven’t started implementing the minimum wage and that’s a violation of the law.

“So under the convention, the Nigerian government must compel those states to implement this very important convention because we have ratified it,” he said.

Wabba said that under the constitutional requirements of the ILO, Nigeria as a country must report on the progress made so far on the important convention, following the Committee of Experts.
He noted that all four states violated the law and also violated the convention.

“The Nigerian government must call them to order and ask them to implement the national minimum wage for workers in these states,” he said.