Labour Minister assures of readiness of new minimum wage this year

Written by on January 8, 2018

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is desirous to give Nigerian workers an enhanced pay package this year. He said the Federal Government intends to approve a minimum wage that would be acceptable to all stakeholders.

Ngige stated this in a chat with journalists at Ifitedunu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday. He said a National Tripartite Committee set up by President Buhari on minimum wage has commenced work and would likely conclude the exercise in the third quarter of this year.

Ngige said the committee is very dear to President Buhari, who has given it a close supervision.

On what Nigerians should expect as the minimum wage, Ngige said he would not reveal that, but that he would rather table it before the committee and back it up “with productivity indices.” He said one of the cardinal principles of negotiating wages as stipulated by the International Labour Organization is the ability to pay.

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