The Nigeria Labour Congress and entire labour workforce has been assured by the federal government that the new national minimum wage will commence, latest by end of September 2018, Nigerian Tribune reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Senator Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, on Monday, February 26, said that the federal government would announce the new minimum wage before the end of the third quarter.
Ngige who was speaking at the 40th Anniversary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abuja 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 country.”
Ngige appealed to workers for more time and understanding because the government wants to ensure compliance by all state governments.
“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,” he added.
According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, the NLC and the Trade Union Congress have submitted a new petition to the tripartite committee on minimum wage requesting for an increase of the national minimum wage above N56,000 per month.
The acting chairman of the NLC, Kiri Mohammed, disclosed this on Thursday, February 8, at the 11th Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Civil Service Union in Abuja, Premium Times reports.
The current national minimum wage is N18,000 per month.