- Chris Ngige has said that the new minimum wage would commence before the end of September 2018
- Ngige said the new minimum wage would be announced by the federal government
- According to the minister, the federal government is aimed at determining a decent work agenda for all Nigerians
The federal government on Monday, August 13, assured Nigerians and the labour workforce that the new minimum wage will begin by the end of September.
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said federal government would announce the new minimum wage before the end of the third quarter which is September.
Tribune reports that Ngige while speaking at the 40th Anniversary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abuja said the federal government is aimed at determining a decent work agenda for Nigerians.
Ngige said: “In furtherance to the determination by the federal government to attain the decent work agenda which involves opportunities for works that are productive and deliver a fair income, security in workplace, and social protection for families; there have been overtime, three minimum wage reviews and currently the tripartite committee on national minimum wage is set to review the current minimum wage."
“Memoranda are being received from relevant bodies are persons to enable the determination of a new minimum wage for the nation. By the third quarter of this year, a new minimum wage will be announced for the country," Ngige said.
He also called on the labour workforce to avail the FG more time and patience to ensure compliance by all state governments.
“Better late than never because some State governors are still owing and cannot pay the current N18,000 minimum wage to workers, that’s why we are ensuring we bring all stakeholders along and announce the new minimum wage at the appropriate time.
“But I can assure you that the third quarter is the maximum time the new minimum wage will be announced," the minister said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Ngige said President Muhammadu Buhari is interested in the welfare of Nigerian workers and that will enhance their salary in the year 2018.
Ngige while speaking in Ifitedunu, Dunukofia local government area of Anambra state, said a national tripartite committee set up by President Buhari on minimum wage had commenced work.
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