N56,000 minimum wage: Acting President Osinbajo approves 29-man committee on increment

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The FG has set up a 29-member committee to review the national minimum wage for civil servants

The committee was announced by Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, on Wednesday, May 24

The labours’ demand for N56, 000 as minimum wage will be reviewed

On Wednesday, May 24, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC presided over by Acting President Osinbajo made an announcement.

The announcement said that the FG will set up a 29-member committee to review the national minimum wage for civil servants.

Currently, Nigerian civil servants have an N18,000 national minimum wage, which is seen by the workers as grossly inadequate.

Osinbajo presiding over a FEC meeting

Ngige said the 29-member committee will have representatives from the Federal Government, state governments and the organised labour.

Also the committee would look into other issues such as promotion arrears and the government will collaborate with state governments on the implementation of the new wage structure.

“The Federal Government felt that this time around, we must get on board the state governors. So that is why a letter will be written to the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum to send six representatives while the Federal Government will have five persons in the committee,” he said.

According to Premium Times, when asked whether the Federal Government will agree to labours’ demand on N56, 000 as minimum wage, Ngige said a minimum wage is simply “offer and counter-offer” which would lead to a consensus.

Meanwhile, Osinbajo has said that Nigerians need to put in hard work in order for the country to be good as no amount of fasting and prayer would do so.

The acting president made this comment during an interactive session with senior civil servants on the recently signed 3 executive orders on the ease of doing business in Nigeria held at the International Conference Center in Abuja on Wednesday, May 24.

Osinbajo insisted that Nigeria needed to be food sufficient and one way to do so is to rigorously engage in rice production.

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