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Omokri Suggests Nigeria Adopts American Multiple Minimum Wage System

Socio-political analyst and writer Reno Omokri has urged the Nigerian government to consider implementing a multiple minimum wage system similar to that of the United States. Omokri made this suggestion on Saturday via his official X account in response to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum’s (NGF) statement that they cannot afford to pay a minimum wage of N60,000.

The NGF recently reiterated that state governors are unable to meet the proposed N60,000 minimum wage. This follows the federal government’s commitment to pay a minimum wage higher than N60,000, as discussed in Friday’s Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage. The federal government has proposed N62,000, while organized labor has reduced its demand from N494,000 to N250,000. The Organised Private Sector (OPS) had earlier agreed on a N60,000 minimum wage.

Omokri, commenting on these developments, suggested that instead of a unified minimum wage, Nigeria should adopt a system with varying minimum wages for different states, reflecting their financial capabilities.

“Since the governors have said they cannot afford N60,000 as minimum wage, then, instead of a unified minimum wage, why can’t we do as the Americans, and have multiple minimum wages? One federal minimum wage and 36 minimum wages, each state having theirs. That will be one small step for workers and a giant step for true federalism. Because, in truth, why should poor states be forced to pay the same minimum wage as wealthier states, like Lagos, Rivers, and Akwa-Ibom states? It is like saying all of us must pay our drivers the same amount that Dangote pays his chauffeurs. All fingers are not equal, and all states are not at the same level,” Omokri said.

In April 2019, Nigeria’s minimum wage was increased to N30,000. With the five-year period stipulated by law having expired, Nigeria is due for a new minimum wage.

Earlier this week, organized labor shut down the economy in protest of the government’s failure to finalize a new minimum wage agreement. The strike was suspended for one week after the Nigerian government committed to continuing negotiations.

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