Hope rises for Nigerian workers as council of state moves to discuss minimum wage

- There are plans by the federal government to discuss issues of the new national minimum wage at the council of state

- The discussion is expected to help resolve the long lasting brawl between the FG and the organised labour

- Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment said the meeting would take place on Tuesday, January 22

Nigeria government has said it will take the issue of the new national minimum wage to the council of state for discussion on Tuesday, January 22.

Daily Trusts reports that the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, while speaking at the National Economic Council (NEC) in Abuja at the Presidential Villa made the announcement.

Ngige said discussion around the amount to be paid Nigerian workers nationally is still ongoing and would end on Tuesday, during a meeting with the council of state.

This, the minister said would follow a meeting with governors at the NEC.

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The governors present for the meeting include that of Zamfara, Lagos, Jigawa, Ekiti, Kebbi, Bauchi, Niger, Plateau and Adamawa states.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said it is monitoring the federal government to see if the presidency will transmit the executive bill on the new minimum wage to the National Assembly.

Peter Ozo-Eson, the general secretary of the NLC, told the Punch that as soon as the federal government sends the bill to the National Assembly, the organised labour will engage the legislators on the passage of the bill into law.

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the newly inaugurated technical committee on the Implementation of the new minimum wage to look for additional sources of revenue to pay the minimum wage and the salary adjustment that will follow.

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The minister of budget and national planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, on Friday, January 11, explained that the committee would, among other things, identify additional sources of revenue to ensure that the government could meet the increased costs that would arise from the implementation of a new minimum wage.

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