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Governors say the N18,000 minimum wage may have to go

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) is worried that more states may not be able to pay workers’ salaries if the revenue of the country continues to decline, its Chairman, Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara, has said.

Yari made the statement while briefing newsmen on the resolutions of the forum at its meeting in Abuja late on Wednesday.

He said that the forum discussed the economy and resolved to look for means to enhance states internally generated revenues as well to cut overhead cost, especially the salaries of political office holders.

The governor said the forum also resolved to diversify the country’s economy from petroleum to agriculture and mining.

“The situation is no longer the same when we used to pay N18,000 minimum wage when oil was N126; now oil price is N41.

“We are coming together in a roundtable with President Buhammadu Buhari and his team of ministers, technocrats, economic experts to see how we can tackle our situation,’’ he said

Yari said that the governors had also resolved to hold a roundtable with all stakeholders to articulate a robust strategy to tackle the deplorable economic situation in the country.

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