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Minimum Wage: Workers kick as FG sends executive bill to N-Assembly

Workers, through their unions expressed anger yesterday at the N27,000 minimum wage recommendation of the National Council of State, as the Federal Government transmitted the executive bill on the new minimum wage to the National Assembly.

The National Council of State, NCS, comprising past Presidents, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Senate President and governors had in a meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, approved a new minimum wage of N30,000 for federal workers and N27,000 for states as well as the private sector and mandated the President to forward executive bill to the National Assembly.
The transmission of the bill came yesterday as senior public servants, under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, and Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, insisted on the N30,000 minimum wage for workers across the board, imploring the National Assembly to do the needful.
Confirming the transmission of the bill to the National Assembly yesterday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, said the bill had been forwarded to the parliament.
He said: “Well, Mr. President has transmitted the communication in respect of the minimum wage. The bill has been transmitted to the National Assembly and it is inappropriate to speak on it until it is read.”
Meanwhile the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has commended organized labour for exhibiting maturity during the negotiation process, despite some misunderstanding with government.
The minister stated this at the maiden edition of a capacity building workshop for members of the Labour Correspondents Association of Nigeria, LACAN, in Abuja.
Minimum Wage: Workers kick as FG sends executive bill to N-Assembly Minimum Wage: Workers kick as FG sends executive bill to N-Assembly Reviewed by Peter Hosea on January 24, 2019 Rating: 5

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