Ngige 'FG ready to review minimum wage,' Minister says

He said the report of the joint committee on the national minimum wage would be reviewed by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) next Wednesday.

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The Minister of Labour and Employment on Friday, May 19, admitted that Nigerian workers are overdue for a new minimum wage.

He said the report of the joint committee on the national minimum wage would be reviewed by the  Federal Executive Council (FEC) next Wednesday.

According to the minister, the 16-man technical committee on minimum wage and palliatives had submitted its report to the main committee.

The committee is headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

Ngige said, "This report has been 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 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."

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He added that since the minimum wage issue is a constitutional one, all stakeholders would be involved in the final discussions.

"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," he said.

"So the implementation of the national minimum wage is not only for the Federal Government alone.

Ngige listed the private sector, employers of labour, government and governors, among those who would be involved in the discussion.

"We must all sit together and come out with an acceptable agreement."

The former Anambra governor also said the N-power portal for recruitment of unemployed graduates would be reopened on May 29, when the second phase of the social security net would commence.

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