Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has opposed the ongoing negotiations for a new national minimum wage.
Wike argued that each of the 36 state governments should be allowed to negotiate wages and allowances with workers on its payroll.
Some of the state governments, according to him, could even end up paying higher than the national minimum wage.
The governor who spoke on the issue in Port Harcourt, at the South South edition of public hearing on the national minimum wage, says a national minimum wage being negotiated by the tripartite committee is not realistic.
He explained that a national minimum wage is unrealistic, considering the fact that the financial capability of each of the state governments differs, adding that this is responsible for inability of some of them to pay the existing N18,000 wage.