Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment says that the report of the Technical Committee on Minimum Wage and Palliatives will soon be approved by the president.
The Minister of Labour and Employment said President Muhammadu Buhari will soon approve the setting up of a 29-man committee to engage organised Labour in negotiating a new national minimum wage for workers.
According to him, the committee’s report will be subjected to the scrutiny of the National Assembly before government’s implementation.
Recall that organised Labour comprising the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has submitted a N56,000 new national minimum wage request to the government.
While addressing reporters in his office after a meeting of the technical committee, Ngige said the committee was yet to be set up.
He noted that the technical committee set up to work out modalities for the review of the palliatives would soon submit its report to the main committee.
On June 3, 2016 a joint technical committee of the Federal Government and organised labour was inaugurated on palliatives and minimum wage.
He however claimed that it was within the ambit of the National Assembly to amend the minimum wage act, since national minimum wage issues are on the exclusive list.
He also said that the main committee made up of eight ministers and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, including Labour leaders.
He said they will adopt or review the report before submitting it to President Buhari who will then approve the composition of the national minimum wage committee, The Nation reports.