National Minimum Wage Certain for Nigerian Workers
The Minister of labour and productivity, Senator Chris Ngige has assured the Nigerian workers that the new minimum wage is certain, he said the minimum wage review committee will decide what the minimum wage will be. According to the Minister’s statements, assured Nigerian workers that implementation of a new minimum wage in the country would be done. The committee set up for that minimum wage review by the federal government of Nigeria had already started work.
Senator Chris Ngige gave the assurance while speaking with journalists shortly after witnessing the swearing in of newly-elected chairmen of the 18 local government councils in Edo at the Government House, Benin. The Minister of labour and productivity said that the national minimum wage review committee, with him as deputy chairman, would send a final report in the third quarter of the year to the National Assembly for due consideration.
Minister of labour and productivity Statements on National Minimum Wage Implementation
“This is a constitutional issue and the Constitution makes provision for the minimum wage to be reviewed every five years and we are on course. “The committee will decide what the minimum wage will be and it is a tripartite arrangement comprising the government, employers and employees. So, the Nigerian workers should hope that we have their issues at heart.
Senator Chris Ngige commended Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki, for saving up funds for the new councils’ chairmen to begin activities. Ngige described the act as benevolent and urged the chairmen to use the funds for the benefit of the masses. “The governor has done the ultimate for them; the ball is now in their courts to do the needful,” Chris Ngige said.
According to an earlier report, the Nigeria Labour Congress and entire labour workforce have been assured by the federal government that the new national minimum wage will begin, latest by end of September 2018, Nigerian Tribune reports. Senator Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, on Monday, February 26, said that the federal government would announce the new minimum wage before the end of the third quarter.
Culled from NAIJ | New minimum wage is certain – Minister of labour
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