FG Approves Inauguration Of Committee On New Minimum Wage

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The Federal Government, on Sunday, unveiled a 37-man tripartite committee to look into the implementation of the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

The committee, led by a former Head of Civil Service of the Federation,  Bukar Aji, has six governors among its members.

They are Governor Mohammed Bago of Niger State, representing the  North Central; Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, representing the North-East;  Governor Dikko Radda of  Katsina State, representing the North-West; Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State, representing the South-East;  Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, representing the South-West; and Governor Otu Bassey of Cross River State, representing the South-South.

The committee also has the  Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun; Minister of Budget Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu, and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. (Mrs) Yemi Esan.

The inauguration of a tripartite committee to look into the implementation of the new minimum wage for workers has been approved by President Bola Tinubu.

This was contained in a letter from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, George Akume, addressed to Comrade Ambali Akeem Olatunji of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.

The letter dated January 23, 2024, is titled “Inauguration of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage.”

According to the letter, the committee will be inaugurated on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa.

It reads: “I write to inform you that Mr. President has approved the inauguration of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage.

“The inauguration will take place on Tuesday, 30th January 2024 at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, State House, Abuja, at 12:00 noon prompt.

“Members are to be seated by 11:30 am. Kindly note that a shuttle bus will be available at the pilot gate to convey members to the venue from 10:00 am.”

The Nigerian labour unions have been agitating for a new minimum wage for workers at the federal and state levels.

This followed an increase in the cost of living caused by the removal of fuel subsidy.

In June 2023, labour leaders called on the government to increase the minimum wage from N30,000 to N200,000 to meet the current economic realities.

The minimum wage was last reviewed in April 2019 from N18,000 to N30,000.

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