[Abuja]–The Federal Executive Council has approved a 29-member National Minimum Wage Committee to negotiate with labour unions and work out a new minimum wage for the country.
In a declaration by the Labour Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, at the end of the meeting in Abuja, he said members will be drawn from the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and the Organised Private Sector and the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress.
“The report was adopted just last week by the 29 -man joint committee.
“So the report is now being taken to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval next week(this week) and then the Acting President will constitute a National Minimum Wage Review Committee.
“This National Minimum Wage Review Committee will then fix a new minimum wage for the country.
“It has become imperative for a new minimum wage, because the last minimum wage has a life span of five years – it was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan- and it elapsed by Aug. 2016,” he said.
The minister stressed that since the issue of minimum wage was a constitutional issue, all stakeholders would be involved in the final discussions.
Ngige said the private sector, employers of labour, government and governors, among others would be involved in the discussion.
“We must all sit together and come out with an acceptable agreement,” he said.
“So it is a law that it would have a national application for both those in the private sector and those in the public sector.
“So the implementation of the national minimum wage is not only for the Federal Government alone,” he added.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg