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Minimum Wage: Govs Insist on Urgent Review of Revenue Sharing Formula

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The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday declared that a review of the revenue sharing formula was still the position of the governors to enable them implement the new National Minimum Wage without hitches.

Fayemi made this position known when he fielded questions from State House correspond­ents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidenti­al Villa, Abuja.

He stated that the agitation for the review of the revenue sharing formula by the governors’ forum dated right from the administra­tion of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

”We feel that it’s time for the revenue sharing formula to change and we have made a representa­tion to the President and Commander-in-Chief not just under the Buhari’s administra­tion.

“This has been an ongoing agitation that started way back since the time of President Olusegun Obasanjo; it continued on the President Yar’Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan.

”So, it’s not just something that has been brought out under

President Buhari,” he explained.

The governor revealed that already the forum had presented its position on the proposed review of the revenue sharing formula to Revenue Mobilisati­on, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) for possible considerat­ion.

“You also know that there is a process to this. The process is that the Revenue Mobilisati­on, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), which has the responsibi­lity for this would do its own due diligence, consult widely with critical stakeholde­rs.

”We have also made available our own representa­tion to RMAFC.

”Every state has a representa­tive at RMAFC as you know and only last week, RMAFC held a retreat on this and other matters and I believe they will communicat­e the position.

“Now that we have a fullfledge­d RMAFC in place with a Chairman and other members appointed, it is our expectatio­n that this would be taken up by RMAFC with Mr. President in a manner that we have taken it up.

“Whether that would affect negotiatio­n for the minimum wage, I can tell you no. Minimum wage is a law.

“But as I have always said to you, a national minimum wage act is not a general minimum wage review. They are two separate things.”

Fayemi, however, maintained that governors were committed to the minimum wage act, promising that no state would pay anything less than the approved N30, 000.

The governor, however, stated that the consequent­ial adjustment may not necessaril­y end up being the same among the states.

“Some of us have started paying N30, 000 as you may be aware, others want negotiatio­ns on the consequent­ial adjustment to end before they start paying the minimum wage.”

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