The Organised Private Sector on Monday, January 28, disclosed that it agreed with a new minimum wage of N30,000 as recommended by the tripartite committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Punch reports that this position was made known at the public hearing organised by the House of Representatives on the new minimum wage Bill presented by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.
The National Assembly started the public hearing on the new minimum wage bill on Monday, January 28.
Present were members of both Senate and House of Representatives as well as Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, and Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, while speaking at the public hearing on the national minimum wage bill in Abuja declared that the federal government did not approve N30,000 for workers.
Ngige said the outcry that the government had approved two national minimum wage figures of N27,000 and N30,000 was not true.
He said: "I want to clear some misconceptions. The outcry that the government had approved two national minimum wage figures of N27,000 and N30,000 is not true. What the government approved through all the organs the Federal Executive Council, the National Economic Council and the national council of state was for a figure of N27,000 for all workers in the federation of Nigeria.
''However, the federal government, based on the principles of ability to pay, augmented their own N27,000 without putting workers through a protracted negotiation to N30,000, which means that the lowest paid worker in the federal public service GL1 Step 1 would earn N30,000 minimum wage.''
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