in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris
Ngige, assured the entire Nigerian labour workforce that the new
national minimum wage will commence, latest by end of September 2018.
The minister said, “In furtherance to the determination by the federal
government to attain the decent work agenda which involves opportunities
for works that are productive and deliver a fair income, security in
workplace, and social protection for families; there have been overtime,
three minimum wage reviews and currently the tripartite committee on
national minimum wage is set to review the current minimum wage.
“Memoranda are being received from relevant bodies are persons to enable
the determination of a new minimum wage for the nation. By the third
quarter of this year, a new minimum wage will be announced for the
According to The Tribune, he appealed to workers for more time and
understanding because the government wants to ensure compliance by all
Ngige said, “Better late than never because some State governors are
still owing and cannot pay the current N18,000 minimum wage to workers,
that’s why we are ensuring we bring all stakeholders along and announce
the new minimum wage at the appropriate time.
“But I can assure you that the third quarter is the maximum time the new minimum wage will be announced.”