Socio-Economic Issues

Update From FG On New Minimum Wage

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, says the proposed
new National Minimum Wage will be presented to the National Council of
State on January 22.

Ngige disclosed this while speaking with State House correspondents
after the National Economic Council meeting presided over by Vice
President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

The minister said work was still ongoing on the figure, 

frequency of review, those to be exempted and everything else about the
bill before it would be ready for transmission to the National Assembly.

“The information minister told you the other day after the Federal
Executive Council meeting that we are taking our deliberations to the
National Economic Council and then we close up on the January 22nd at
the National Council of State.

“After that, we will be able to say where we are going. It is not a
question of governors saying they cannot pay N30,000, discussions are
still ongoing and will terminate on 22nd when we meet with the National
Council of State.

“Governors are part of Nigeria and they are part of the government’s
side of the public sector; so do not disengage them or dis-articulate
them from the Federal Government.

“The public is the Federal Government and the state government, and even the local government,’’ Ngige said.

The minister, however, said that the plan was to transmit the National
Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly on or before January 23 in
consonance with the agreement with labour.
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Tony Orji

Dr. Tony Orji is the founder and owner of Success Tonics Blog. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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