Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment has threatened authorized actions towards state governors not paying the brand new minimal wage.
Ngige mentioned negotiations have been ongoing between him and the Lawyer Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over instituting authorized actions towards governors who’ve faulted in paying the brand new minimal wage.
Showing on Channels Tv’s Programme, Sunday Politics, the minister mentioned state governors not paying the minimal wage have been breaching the legislation of Nigeria.
In line with Ngige: “If you happen to learn the Act properly, you will note the applicability of the Act. The applicability is that each one elements of the Federation (Part II); Part III additionally says N30,000 shall be paid, the working phrase is shall.
“It doesn’t give room for choosing and selecting, it’s a should. The state governors that aren’t paying are breaching the legislation of the land.
“It is a nationwide legislation that states what you’ll pay to the lowest-paid worker (employee) in your institution; state governments are employers… they’re caught within the internet of this legislation till repealed.
“I’m negotiating with the Lawyer-Normal of the Federation (AGF); the legislation permits me to take them to courtroom.
“I can take any employer to courtroom. If governors have immunity, I can begin from the secretary to the federal government, to the top of service, and go right down to the State Government Council; take all of them to courtroom and I don’t want any permission.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had in April 2019 signed the minimal wage invoice into legislation.
By the provisions of the legislation, all employers within the nation are anticipated to pay their staff not lower than the stipulated quantity, which is N30, 000.
Minimal wage: Ngige threatens governors not paying N30, 000