After series of consultations, the Federal Govt. of Nigeria on Wednesday, 10th of October proposed a new minimum wage for its Civil Servants at the rate of N24,000. Mr Ngige, Minister for Labour and Employment stated this while briefing state house correspondents after the Federal Executive council (FEC) meeting.
Mr Ngige while addressing the media quoted the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) “Ayuba Wabba,” saying that the tripartite committee deliberating on the demand for a new Minimum wage has agreed to the increase of the minimum wage from N19,200 to N30,000.
“Such information is False,” – Ngige Asserts.
The Labour Minister said after the October 5th Congress that brought the NLC nationwide strike to a halt, then the organized Labour came down to N30,000, while the private Sector came down to N25,000.
The Minister also said that during the process of proposing the New Minimum Wage had to consult with the 36 State Governors. After the consultation, the Federal Govt. proposed N24,000, while governors proposed N20,000.
“The government is, therefore, still consulting and negotiation is ongoing”- Ngige.
In accordance with the Convention 131 of International Labour Organisation, Ngige said the most important thing to consider in implementing the new minimum wage is the ability to pay. Many state governors who are unable to regularly meet up with the current minimum wage, opposed the NLC initial N50,000 minimum wage.
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