BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), rose from 7th meeting in Abuja on Wednesday kicking against the proposed death penalty for hate speech in the bill before the National Assembly, describing it as obnoxious and draconian, not meant for 21st century.

The meeting of the Forum which was presided over by its Vice-Chairman, who is also the Governor of Sokoto State, Hon Aminu Tambuwal, appeal to the National Assembly to conduct a public hearing on the hate speech bill with a view to aggregate the views of Nigerians.

In the words of Tambuwal; “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 the 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.”

The NGF also said that its members have resolved to conclude negotiations with labour unions on the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage before the December 31, 2019 deadline.

Tambuwal, who stated the position of governors, pledged the readiness of the states to the implementation of the minimum wage and improved welfare of workers.

According to him; “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.”

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