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Odigie-Oyegun wants states to fix own minimum wage


John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, says states should be allowed to fix minimum wage according to their financial capabilities.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, Odigie-Oyegun who spoke to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, said it was a matter for the executive arm. He, however, noted that the federal and state governments would still have to consider the demand in line with their ability to pay.

It would be recalled that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) recently proposed N56,000 as minimum wage for the workers, just as a faction is also demanding N90, 000 as against the current N18,000.

‘’That is always what happens (the demand), but this must be based on the economic realities on ground and the ability to pay. Perhaps to even demonstrate that this is not a central but a federal matter that states should be allowed to make their decisions based on their ability to pay.

‘’The cost of living is not the same in every part of the country,” he said.

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