The Oyo state Governor-Elect, Seyi Makinde, has accused the federal government of imposing the N30,000 new minimum wage for civil servants on state governments.
Makinde, who answered reporters’ questions on the sideline of the induction programme for returning and newly elected governors, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja today, Wednesday, vowed to renegotiate the new minimum wage with the state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
According to the governor elect, Oyo cannot pay the new National Minimum Wage of N30,000 just signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Makinde said that the federal government should not impose a national minimum wage on states since Nigeria is a federation, adding that it is for this reason that the call for the restructuring of the country had become necessary.
The Governor-Elect said that though the President had signed the minimum wage into law, but that he personally believed that individual states should have been allowed to negotiate this “because conditions of living in Lagos are obviously not the same as living in Ibadan.
“And I will definitely say without fear or favour that it’s part of the reasons why we are thinking restructuring. That’s a federal system of government.
“We have a federation but the state governments I believe, are no subordinate to the federal government. They are coordinating governments.
“Then, when the federal government makes a law that says ‘well, we are going to pay 30,000 as minimum wage,’ what’s the condition in my state? Can we support it? I don’t think.
“We are going to engage the Nigeria Labour Congress in my state and we see how we go from there.”