- Labour minister Chris Ngige said the federal government has set up a presidential committee to review the wages of the political office holders
- Ngige said the committee would also review the high wages earned by workers in certain government organisations
- The labour minister said the presidential committee on salaries is headed by the minister of finance and co-chaired by himself
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said the federal government has set up a presidential committee on salaries to review the wages of all political office holders in the country.
Ngige made this known when he played host to leaders of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) on Tuesday, October 15, in Abuja, Premium Times reports.
The labour minister explained that there was the need to review and streamline the wages and allowances given to political service holders, and the high wages earned by workers in certain government organisations.
He said: ”There are people who earn 300 per cent of what others earn and they have the same degree. We may have people in NNPC, FIRS, Customs and others with third-class (degrees) earning 300 per cent more than the man with first-class in the ministry."
He recalled that the last time there was a holistic wage review was in 2011, adding that the presidential committee is headed by the minister of finance and co-chaired by himself.
According to Ngige, the committee will review all the country's 12 wage structures.
He added that the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission will also look at the salaries and allowances of political office holders including the state governors.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Labour Congress (NLC) asked for a new date for the earlier scheduled Tuesday 15 meeting between the House of Representatives and organised labour union on the new minimum wage.
The meeting was set up to deliberate on alternatives that will prevent the proposed nationwide strike which the NLC has asked workers to prepare for.
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