The president of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ibrahim Khaleel, on Tuesday, in Kano, said that the payment of the national minimum wage by all the states of the federation is mandatory.

Mr Khaleel further said that any governor who could not pay the new wage should resign as he noted that the payment of the ₦18,000 minimum wage was statutorily based and default to implement same by any government would amount to a violation of the law.

He said wage review “was a promise made since 1999 during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo”.

“The promise then was for the periodic review of wages and salaries in both the private and public sectors,” Mr Khaleel pointed out.

According to him, an agreement has been reached between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the three tiers of government when the congress proposed a new national minimum wage of ₦52,000.

He added that no governor should flout the wage law on the pretext that the state governments had no money to implement it.

“None of the governors should also hide under the guise of demanding an increment in the monthly allocation from the federation account before it implements the wage,” Mr Khaleel said. “They should also not link the implementation of the wage with their demand for the hike in petroleum prices by the Federal Government.”