Buhari President approves nominations into minimum wage committee

On the feasibility of the  N56,000 minimum wage being demanded by workers, Ngige said the committee would decide that.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved nominations into the committee that will come up with a new minimum wage for workers.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, disclosed this on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Ngige, however, did not disclose the membership of the yet-to-be inaugurated committee, but he said it includes representatives of the Federal and state governments, as well as the private sector.

He stated this while speaking to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting he had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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The Minister said the nominations came from stakeholders, adding that plans are in top gear to fix a date for the committee's inauguration.

Ngige said, "The old (minimum wage) law expired last year August and we are now in the process of empaneling a new national minimum wage committee.

"I have cleared the appointments with the President today (Thursday) and as soon as the labour people come back from the Labour Governing Board meeting in Geneva, we will take a consensus date with the governors because it is a tripartite committee involving federal, states and the private sector: NECA, MAN, NACCIMA, SMEs.

"The NLC, TUC and their affiliates have done their nominations. What we are now trying to finetune is the date for inauguration."

On the feasibility of the  N56,000 minimum wage being demanded by workers, Ngige said the committee would decide that.