Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has pleaded with all APC governors to implement the N30,000 minimum wage and the consequential adjustments.
Oshiomhole made the plea at the federal government- Progressives Governors’ Forum parley in Jos, Plateau state capital, on Monday.
“As progressives, let us be the first to pay the new national minimum wage and not just the wage but also the consequential adjustments arising from it,” he said.
“Already, there are some proactive progressive governors that have taken steps to address this. I plead that you give this a priority, because when other governors are fighting whether or not to pay, you will say that progressive governors have paid.
“Where there is will, there will certainly be a way.”
The APC national chairman also called on the APC governors to support border closure by the federal government.
He said the nation’s borders should remain closed until neighboring countries follow the protocols of fair trade.
In an interview with reporters, Oshiomole expressed support for financial autonomy of local governments in the country.
He said local government autonomy was not negotiable.
According him, just as the federal government does not control state governors on how to manage their money, so should the state governors allow the local governments to function.
He added that local governments should be allowed to operate the same way states operate with the federal government exercising oversight function.
“Local governments should be autonomous, but autonomy doesn’t mean there should not be oversight,” he said.
“The same way the Federal Government goes after a state Governor that breaks the financial rule, the same way state governor should go after local government that mismanages revenue that accrue to it.”