FG Set To Inaugurate New Minimum Wage Implementation Committee, Says Ngige

Minister of Labour and employment Chris Ngige has stated that the the Federal Government will on Tuesday inaugurate the N30,000 new national minimum wage implementation committee.

While fielding questions from newsmen in concerning the time for payment of the new wage, Ngige said there were still processes and procedures the new wage would undergo before the commencement of its implementation, even though it had been passed and signed into law.

”It is a whole process and the salary and wages commission will do its job before implementation,” the minister said.

He said that the committee was made of seven ministers with the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita as Chairman.

The minister said that those at the lowest cadre of employment whether in the public or private sector would earn N30,000 as the law provided.

He said however for the cadre of workers already earning above the minimum wage, there would be consequential adjustment from the top.

Ngige added that the relevant agency of government would soon issue a circular on the expected adjustments.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on April 18, signed the new national minimum wage of N30,000 into law.

The Senate passed the bill on March 19, approving N30,000 as the new national minimum wage. The house of representatives had earlier passed the bill.

Recall that workers under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had clamored for an upward review of the national wage from the previous N18,000.

This prompted the federal government of Nigeria to set up a tripartite committee headed by a former head of service Amal Pepple in 2017. The committee in its report approved N30,000 for both federal and state workers.

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