- President Buhari has ordered a new new minimum wage committee to fast track negotiations
- The president is said to be worried over the delay in payment of the new minimum wage
- Meanwhile, negotiations on payment of the new wage will resume on September 16
In a welcoming development for Nigerian workers, President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly asked the joint committee on consequential adjustments of the new minimum wage to fast track their negotiations so that an agreement could be reached quickly.
This was disclosed on Wednesday, September 11, in Abuja, by Senator Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment.
According to the former senator, the president is worried over the delay in commencement of the minimum wage.
“It is the determination of the president and this administration to fast track the negotiation on consequential adjustment. I have just received a correspondence from the Chief of Staff to the President and we are putting a deadline to that negotiation.
"We are fast tracking it because the government will also want to put in place a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Allowances that will be able to take requests after this consequential adjustment,” he said.
However, Legit.ng had reported that negotiation between the federal government and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) on the new minimum wage was postponed.
The last negotiation between the government and the JNPSNC was to hold on September 4, but was suspended and will now hold on Monday, September 16.
Alade Lawal, JNPSN secretary general said that the meeting was rescheduled at the instance of the officials.
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The organised labour and the federal government have been in conflict over the implementation of the new minimum wage which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 18.
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