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Minister Ngige clarifies federal government stance on national minimum wage

Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, says the National Minimum wage of N27, 000 is standard for all workers, but the Federal Government will pay federal workers N30,000.

The minister made this known in a statement signed by Mrs Iliya Rhoda, Assistant Director, Press, of the ministry in Abuja on Saturday.

According to the minister, President Muhammadu Buhari constituted a Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage (TCNMW) in November 2017 to consider the issue and recommend a new national minimum wage.

He said the constitution of the committee was in consonance with the provisions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on Nos.26, 99 and 131 as well as guidance provided by the accompanying recommendations.

“In a bid to achieve a holistic coverage, the prescribed tripartite structure went beyond the requirements of tripartism to tripartite – in order to cover other stakeholders which included Nigeria Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

“Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (MAN), National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) and the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA).

“It should be noted that the output from the TCNMW was therefore never meant to be sacrosanct, but to provide a guide for the Competent Authority (The Government) to make final decision,” Ngige said.

He said the ILO Conventions on minimum wage stipulated that each member state shall be free to decide the nature and form of the minimum wage fixing machinery, and methods to be followed in its operations.

He said that ILO further provided that before government took the final decision on the matter, there should be full preliminary consultations with representatives of organizations of employers, which the government did with TCNMW.

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