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Minimum Wage: Each state should decide what it can pay, says Gov Oyebanji

Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji says it is up to each state in Nigeria to determine what it wants to pay its workers.

Oyebanji said this  at the 7th Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, in Ado-Ekiti.

Oyebanji assured that no state governor was interested in retrenching workers. He said all the Nigerian Governors wanted was a fiscal federal federalism that would help each state determine its financial capability.

He said: “The NGF is not against the living wage, no governor is against the minimum wage, but what we are saying is that it must reflect fiscal federalism, ability and capacity to pay.

“No Governor wants to retrench, if there is a minimum wage today without a concurrent increment in what we are earning, no state can pay, and that is the conversation we are having- that, look, we want to give you a living wage, but we must look at what comes to the states and whatever is in the best interest of the states and the workers, we will do”.

Source: PM News