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State governments may risk industrial action from workers if they fail to comply and implement the N30, 000 new minimum wage by January 31.

The Trade Union Congress gave the ultimatum at a National Executive Council meeting in Lagos. The agreement was signed by the President, TUC, Quadri Olaleye and the Secretary General, TUC, Musa Lawal.

Olaleye noted that six states had signed to commence the implementation, 15 states are negotiating and some would soon commence negotiation.

Several states like Ekiti, Cross River, Benue, Gombe Osun, Sokoto, Oyo, Niger, Ogun, Enugu, Bayelsa, Rivers, Kwara, Taraba, and Anambra have reportedly not agreed on consequential adjustments of salaries. While Lagos, Kaduna, Bauchi, Kastina and Borno states had agreed to pay the new minimum wage, other states started negotiation few days before December 31 2019.

The Organised labour said it would meet soon to review the minimum wage negotiations between states and workers across Nigeria.

He noted that the states are acting in defiance to the directive from President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari if they fail to pay the minimum wage.

In a related development, the Nigeria Labour Congress also accused state governors of shunning the welfare of workers and implementation of the new minimum wage while wasting public funds on weddings, funerals and private jets.