The Nigerian Governors Forum has resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari again over the issue of the new minimum wage.
The forum took the decision at its last meeting for 2018, presided over by the Chairman and Governor of Zamafara State, Abdulaziz Yari, on Thursday night in Abuja.
Yari however declined speaking with journalists after the meeting.
But the NGF Head, Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, told newsmen at the end of the meeting that the governors resolved to meet the President on Friday.
Bello-Barkindo said: “It was a very short meeting.
“Of course the very last one for the year.
“The meeting welcomed the newest governor in its midst, the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.
“The meeting resolved to meet the President on the issue of the minimum wage, which hopefully will be resolved before the end of the year.
“The governors are also meeting the “resident tomorrow to thank him for the way he has handled the economy.”
The governors had offered to pay N22,500 as new minimum wage, while the Federal Government wants to pay N24,000.
This is against the N30,000 being demanded by organized labour.
The forum at its last meeting set up a committee to meet with Buhari to canvass its position, which it stated was not reflected in the report of the Tripartite Committee submitted to the President.
Oyetola earlier in an interview with newsmen commended the meeting, saying it offered the governors the opportunity to peer review each other and share experiences and best practices.
Some of the governors at the meeting were those of Edo, Lagos, Osun, Kaduna, Kwara, Kano, Plateau, Kebbi and Gombe States.
The governors of Bauchi, Benue, Adamawa, Rivers and Nasarawa States were represented by their deputies.