Minimum Wage Implementation Committee to Be Inaugurated on Tuesday

Ngige says it will take a gradual process to implement policy.

NLC laments delay in the payment of the new minimum wage.

The Federal Government will inaugurate the N30,000 new national minimum wage implementation committee on Tuesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The inauguration is taking place almost one month after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill into law.

This was revealed by Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment while fielding questions on television concerning the time for payment of the new wage.

However, the minister who did not state when the government would start payment said that arrears would be paid anytime implementation of the new wage began.

Even though the bill had been passed and signed into law, he further explained that there were still processes and procedures the new wage would undergo before the commencement of its implementation.

”It is a whole process and the salary and wages commission will do its job before implementation,” the minister said.

He also said that the committee was made of seven ministers with the Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita as Chairman.

According to the minister,  those at the lowest cadre of employment whether in the public or private sector would earn N30,000 as the law provided.

He said however for the cadre of workers already earning above the minimum wage, there would be a consequential adjustment from the top. Ngige added that the relevant agency of government would soon issue a circular on the expected adjustments.

Why the Delay?

It could be recalled that Ayuba Wabba, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), had expressed worry over the delay in the commencement of the implementation of the new wage.

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