- The federal government is set to inaugurate an implementation committee for the N30,000 minimum wage
- Chris Ngige said the salary and wages commission will do its job before implementation of the new wage
- The minister said the N30,000 will be for the lowest people on the salary ladder
The federal government will on Tuesday, May 14, in Abuja inaugurate the N30,000 new national minimum wage implementation committee, almost one month after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill into law.
Dr Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment said this while fielding questions on television concerning the time for payment of the new wage.
Ngige did not state when government would start payment but said that arrears would be paid anytime implementation of the new wage began.
He said there were still processes and procedures the new wage would undergo before the commencement of its implementation, even though it had been passed and signed into law.
”It is a whole process and the salary and wages commission will do its job before implementation,” the minister said.
He said that the committee was made of seven ministers with the Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita as chairman.
The minister said that those at the lowest cadre of employment whether in the public or private sector would earn N30,000 as the law provided.
He said however for the cadre of workers already earning above the minimum wage, there would be consequential adjustment from the top. Ngige added that the relevant agency of government would soon issue a circular on the expected adjustments.
Ayuba Wabba, the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), had earlier expressed worry over the delay in the commencement of the implementation of the new wage.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Monday, May 13, said workers in his state deserve to earn more than the new minimum wage of N30,000.
He, however, said that he was constrained by scarce resources and that he was blocking all financial loopholes to ensure that the state meets up with its financial responsibility.
Governor Ortom stated this while finding questions from State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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