With the long dialogue and intermittent strikes, between NLC and the Federal Government concerning the increment on minimum wage of workers, has finally paid off.
Following the approval for the new national minimum wage of twenty-seven thousand naira, by the Council of State at its meeting on Tuesday, in Abuja. The drafted bill is expected to be presented to the National Assembly on Wednesday.
Dr. Chris Ngige, briefed the state House correspondents on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, saying the new minimum wage was agreed upon after series of deliberation and negotiations with the national three-party minimum wage committee.
Adding to that, the minister of Labour and Employment, said the Federal Government will be adding to the approved wage by N3, 000, making the new minimum wage to amount to a total of N30, 000.
He further said the other sectors of labour employers are at freedom to decide on what fixed amount they are willing to pay as wages, so long as it is nothing less or below N27, 000.
However, the Council, has placed N27, 000 as the standard payment , for any low-paid employee (which is from the grade level 1)
The proposed new minimum wage has been approved by the Federal Executive Council and the National Economic Council as the new wage structure.
Following other developments, the INEC Chairman Mr. Mahmood Yakubu, briefed the Council on the imminent preparedness of the Commission, in view of the forthcoming Elections.
During the Tuesday Council of State meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the meeting, with past Nigerian presidents and Heads of State, in the likes of Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck E. Jonathan, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Ernest Shonekan, and former Chief justice of Nigeria, was also in attendance.
Present also at the Council meeting was the Senate President Bukola Saraki, governors of Zamfara, Kebbi, Plateau, Lagos, Borno, and Ebonyi, as well as members of the President’s cabinet
The closed-door meeting lasted for a couple of 2 hours.