Federal government’s minimum wage advisory committee not relevant – NLC

Federal government’s minimum wage advisory committee not relevant – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), says the Federal Government’s Advisory Committee has no significance to the current National lowest pay permitted by law accord.


Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, who talked in a meeting with the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, said the advisory group has no holding on the accord with the lowest pay permitted by law.

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NAN reviewed that President Muhamamdu Buhari had on Wednesday initiated a Technical Advisory Committee on the fulfillment of the new National lowest pay permitted by law & confirmed his responsibility to its disbursement.

He stated that the board of trustees would prescribe “modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage in such a manner as to minimise its inflationary impact, as well as ensure that its introduction does not lead to job losses’’.

“The work of this technical committee will be the basis of a Finance Bill which will be submitted to the National Assembly, alongside the Minimum Wage Bill,’’ he included.

As per Wabba, the Advisory Committee on the lowest pay permitted by law has no holding on with the accord it came to on the lowest pay permitted by law.

“The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige had told us that the committee is an internal process of the Federal Government.”

”I think it is their own way of facilitating and mobilising their own resources for the implementation and also making sure that nothing is left undone and we do not have any problem with that.”

“So, it is normal, I think, because initially we were thinking it is a committee that will renegotiate the new national minimum wage, but they said no, it is an internal process of government.”

“So, it is not our problem, but essentially their own and it does not in any way affect our interest, government has the right to set up any committee and we are not even members of that committee,“ he said.

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He, nonetheless, said that he was briefed that the board of trustees was strictly acting individually to advice administration on the most proficient method to actualize the lowest pay permitted by law, including, “so clearly if it is how to implement, we do not have problem with that.”

Wabba likewise said that the advisory board would not at all alter the course of events of Jan. 23 accord came to between labour & the Federal Government on sending of the lowest pay permitted by law Bill to the National Assembly.

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