The Nigerian newspaper review for Wednesday, January 22, leads with the meeting of former president Olusegun Obasanjo and President Muhammadu Buhari, the adoption of N27,000 as national minimum wage by National Council of State among other top stories.
Nigerian Newspaper Vanguard reports that national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, took a swipe at the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo accusing him of being responsible for the flaws in Nigeria’s political economy since 1999.
Obasanjo, in his state of the nation address, tagged points for concern and action, had expressed concern over the impartiality and competence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a credible election.
Reacting to the former president’s criticisms, Tinubu described Obasanjo as an “election rigger without peer.”
Nigerian Newspaper The Punch writes that the National Council of State on Tuesday, January 22, fixed N27, 000 as the new National Minimum Wage.
The figure is N3, 000 short of the N30, 000 initially recommended by the Tripartite Committee on Review of National Minimum Wage chaired by a former Head of Service of the Federation, Ms Amma Pepple.
The Pepple committee had submitted its report to President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2018 and it spiralled disputes, as the majority of state governors insisted they could only afford N22, 500.
On its part, the federal government said it would pay N24,000 at the time, as against organised labour’s insistence that employers must pay the N30,000 recommended by the Pepple committee.
Nigerian newspaper The Guardian reports that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), set aside all existing orders against the trial of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.
The tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, held that all orders of court restraining the CCT from proceeding with the trial of the CJN were not binding on it.
In a dissenting ruling of two justices to one, Umar discountenanced the orders of other courts on the ground that they were made by courts of equal jurisdiction, and CCT being a unique court empowered to handle issues exclusively relating to assets declaration, cannot be bound by their orders.
Umar described those who obtained the orders of the high court as busy bodies since they are not parties in the matter at the tribunal.
Nigerian newspaper The Nation reports that N27, 000 minimum wage approved by the National Council of State as minimum wage for states and the private sector has been rejected by Labour.
In separate statements, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and United Labour Congress (ULC) described the decision as unfortunate and shocking.
Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) said last night on the Council’s approval: “With profound respect, the members of the Council acted ultra vires as it has no power whatsoever to approve minimum wage. It is not an approving authority but an advisory body to the president in the areas listed in Part 1 of the Schedule to the Constitution. And the areas do not cover minimum wage.” Falana is Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)’s lawyer.
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