Minimum Wage: NLC confirms progress on talks with Nigerian govt

Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has confirmed progress on its engagement with the Nigerian government on the new national minimum wage.

President of the Congress, Ayuba Wabba, stated this after a meet with Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige on Monday in Abuja.

According to Wabba, labour leaders had consulted and agreed to meet with the government on Wednesday by 1 p.m to ensure that the processes for the transmission of the bill on the minimum would be completed without further delay.

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He, however, said the achieved progress would not stop the planned Wednesday nationwide protest.

“The protest is about how to get all parties committed to the issue of minimum wage, it is different from how we get this bill transmitted with timeline to the national assembly,” he added.

Earlier, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Ngige, also confirmed progress in the talks with NLCv and explained that a definite date to transmit the bill to National Assembly will be known by Wednesday.

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC had threatened to embark on a nationwide protest on January 8, if the Federal Government failed to transmit the bill on minimum wage to the National Assembly.

The organised labour gave the threat following President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up to device ways to ensure that minimum wage implementation did not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.

“It has been difficult to arrive at a date because there are processes to follow on the bill.

“We have to go to the Federal Executive Council with a council memo on the bill after that, we will go to the National Economic Council and the Council of State.

“But for the Council of State, the President has to look at his timetable and we will inform past Heads of State and Justice of the Federation. This can take two weeks.

“However, we are trying to see if we can accommodate all these meetings by next week because we cannot do Council of State meeting again this week.

“Immediately after that meeting (Council of State), we will transmit the bill,” he said.

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