The Federal Government has directed government of all the 36 states of the federation to ensure payment of the new minimum wage from April 18.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige gave this instruction at the weekend, adding that the implementation of the minimum wage started from the day President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill into law.

The president assented to the N30, 000 minimum wage on April 18, 2019 and according to Ngige all the states must comply by paying the arrears of their workers with the minimum wage.

“It is a national law and no governor can say he will not pay. Issue of the national minimum wage is item 34 on the exclusive legislative list of the third schedule of the Nigerian constitution. Every state government is now owing workers if they have not started paying N30,000. We are now in a committee working out a new template with which we will adjust upward,” he said.