President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba, says confirmation has been received from the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission that the circular for the new minimum wage of N30,000 would be ready soon.
According to the President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye, a letter, which would be jointly signed by the TUC and NLC, would be sent to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, to ensure the quick release of the circular.
This he said that would be a confirmation that the Federal Government had begun full implementation of the new minimum wage.
Speaking with Punch from Geneva, Switzerland where the meeting of the governing body of the International Labour Organisation was held until Friday, Wabba said the issue of the letter was initiated while he was already in Geneva and and a draft of the letter was sent to him via his e-mail address.
After approaching Ngige, who was also in Geneva for the meeting as well told him that all issues relating to the circular had been proactively addressed after the last Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
“There was a draft of the letter actually but the letter was not signed and sent to the minister eventually. When the issue of the letter was brought to my attention, I was already in Geneva but they sent it to my mail.
“I was at the meeting in Geneva with the minister of labour and he proactively addressed the issue when I approached him there.
“He said that after the FEC meeting, he prepared all the documents, including the arrears and sent to National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission. We have confirmed from the commission.”
He further stated that states can start their negotiation but said that no one must negotiate anything lower than N30,000.
“That had been settled between labour and the Federal Government,” he added.