The proposed death penalty for hate speech bill at the National Assembly has been rejected by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Wednesday.
Negotiations on the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage before December 31, deadline, was also discussed by the governors with the Labour Unions.
The meeting was presided over by the Vice-Chiarman of the NGF and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal who gave room for governors speak at the end of their seventh meeting in Abuja.
Considering the Hate Speech bill from the view of Nigerians, Tambuwal urged the National Assembly to conduct a public hearing answering questions from journalists.
In his words, he said, “I’m not sure I have heard any governor come out to say he is in support of the death penalty for hate speech.
“I believe that the National Assembly should hold a public hearing on that bill, so that due process of lawmaking is followed.
“This is so that the views of Nigerians, not just the governors, will be well captured on that bill and they (National Assembly) should respect the views of Nigerians in whatever may be the direction of debate and the eventual passage or otherwise of that bill.”
He also pledged the commitment of states to the implementation of the minimum wage and improved welfare of workers.
On the progress so far between the masses and labour executives, he stated that, “Various state governments have been engaging with their branches of the Nigeria Labour Congress, I’m sure it is a work in progress.
“Before December, all the states must have finished working out the details on the issue of the minimum wage across the federation.
“We are very much committed to the welfare and well-being of our workforce and therefore, we shall continue to ensure that we do our best on what needs to be done.”
At the meeting, the governors committed to working with the Independent Verification Agent to ensure that the APA process did not experience delay.