- The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) says it is yet to receive a copy of the new minimum wage Act from the office of the attorney general of the federation
- Officials of state governments and the organised labour in various states are yet to begin implementation of the new minimum wage Act to due to the delay at the AGF's office
- Presidential aide on National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enang, says the NSIWC should contact the office of the AGF to get a copy of the new minimum wage Act
There are fears that the implementation of the new national minimum wage bill recently signed into law may be delayed following reports that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, is yet to forward the new minimum wage Act to the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) for speedy implementation.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new national minimum wage bill into law recently after months of negotiations between the federal government and labour unions in the country.
However, The Punch on Saturday, April 27, reported that negotiations between officials of state governments and the organised labour in the various states regards the implementation of the Act is yet to begin as they are yet to yet to receive the document containing the implementation guidelines from the NSIWC.
When contacted on to why the implementation process had not begun, the NSIWC told the Punch that it was yet to receive a copy of the Act from the presidency to enable it to prepare the memo for state governments.
“We are expecting the presidency to send us a signed version of the new minimum wage Act. As soon as we get it, we will issue the circular for its implementation, Emma Njoku," the chief press secretary of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission told the newspaper.
When, the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, was contacted over the issue he said the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission should contact the attorney-general of the federation or the appropriate agency of government over the matter.
The Punch reported that efforts to contact the office of the AGF over the issue was unsuccessful as the Malami’s special adviser on media and publicity, Salihu Isah, did not reply test messages sent to him requesting his reaction why his principal had yet to forward the new minimum wage Act to the national salaries, income and wages commission.
Meanwhile, the governors of Ekiti (Kayode Fayemi), Ondo (Rotimi Akeredolu), Kwara (Abdulfatah Ahmed) and Benue (Samuel Ortom) have assured workers in their states of their readiness to pay the N30,000 new minimum wage.
They made the disclosure at different fora on Thursday, April 26, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Fayemi, speaking at the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Delegates’ Conference in Ado-Ekiti, said the welfare of the workers had always been his concern. Fayemi, who was represented by his chief of staff, Biodun Omoleye, asserted that his government would pay the new minimum wage for effective and efficient service delivery.
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