New Minimum Wage Will Come This Year – Ngige
The National Tripartite Committee on minimum wage set up by President Buhari may submit its report before or in the third quarter of this year.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige said this, adding that the committee is working assiduously to ensure that new minimum wage is announced this year.
Ngige who is also the Deputy Chairman of the committee said that Nigeria’s Governors Forum, Nigeria Labour Congress and other stakeholders had representatives in the committee.
According to him, President Buhari is closely monitoring the workings of the committee and waiting for its report so that he can take a decision on it.
He said that the committee would consider the availability of funds to pay the minimum wage based on the regulations of the International Labour Organisation.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is desirous to give Nigerian workers an enhanced pay package this year,” he said.
He explained that the issue of minimum wage is a national agenda and that the states would definitely buy into it.
As he put it, “Any state government can even pay above the minimum wage that would be agreed by the Federal Government.”
As a matter of fact, former Governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomole paid N25, 000 minimum wage despite the N18, 000 stipulated by the Federal Government.