Director-General of Progressive Governors Forum, an umbrella body for governors under the platform of the All Progressives Congress
, APC, Dr Salihu Lukman, has stated that centralization of the minimum wage is to the disadvantage of workers.
Lukman stated this against the backdrop of the plan by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to stage a nationwide protest should the national assembly go ahead with the plan to remove the implementation of minimum wage from the exclusive list to the concurrent list.
In a statement issued Sunday and entitled, “True Federalism and Labour Issues,” Lukman argued that each state should be free to decide on its level of remuneration based on its resources and productivity.
The APC chieftain argued that centralizing workers minimum wage “can only result in either shortchanging workers in high-revenue states/areas or over-stretching employers in low-revenue states/areas.”
The PGF boss, therefore, advised the organized labour to seek decentralization of the minimum wage issue in the country.
The Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum maintained that “a centralized framework for minimum wage legislation based on using the financial capacity of the Federal Government to fix national minimum wage is hardly informed by economic indices of work output across the country and reflecting all sectors of the economy.”
While he noted that the revenue profile of government is on the increase, Lukman asked the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to collaborate with both federal and state government to address the menace of corruption and waste which he noted were inimical to revenue growth in the public sector.
He equally advised the organized labour to seize the initiative to encourage the government to create an enabling environment for investment to thrive as he noted that such drive would stimulate growth in the private sector and ultimately, boost job creation for the teeming unemployed.
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