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Femi Falana Ask AGF To Prosecute States That Fail To Pay Minimum Wage



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Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to sanction any state that fails to comply with the payment of the minimum wage.

News About Nigeria reports that Falana stated this during an interview with Channels Television on Tuesday.

He said that when a new minimum wage agreement is reached, it automatically becomes a legal requirement.

“Once a new agreement is reached, a new minimum wage becomes the law of the country. The Federal Government has a duty, and the Attorney General of the country has a duty to drag any state government that does not pay to court,” he said.

“I mean, the attorney general can just file a new case, which is a good development, by saying that over the years, we have accused state governments of diverting monuments for local governments.”

Falana also said state governments will be compelled to pay the minimum, as he is pushing for the deduction of workers’ salaries from the source.

He said no state can claim the inability to pay the minimum wage following the federal government’s removal of subsidy, adding that the government cannot stop labour from embarking on industrial actions.

“There is no state in Nigeria today that cannot pay more than the minimum wage because the government removed fuel subsidy last year, and President Tinubu told Nigerians that the money made from that policy will be used.

“Any state government or employer of labour that does not pay the national minimum wage, we have agreed this time around (our law firm and the labour unions) we are not going to allow the non-payment of wages. They will be dragged to court.

“We are going to ensure the law is complied with, including the fact that we will be paying the court to make an order, deducting what belongs to the workers monthly from the source in Abuja. We cannot go like this.”