The federal government has assured Nigeria Labour Congress and labour workforce that the new national minimum wage will commence, latest by end of September 2018.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, declared on Monday that the federal government would announce the new minimum wage before the end of the third quarter which is September.
He gave the assurance while speaking at the 40th anniversary of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Abuja, yesterday. According to Ngige, the Federal Government is currently receiving memoranda from relevant bodies and persons to enable the determination of a new minimum wage for the nation.
“Memoranda are being received from relevant bodies are persons to enable the determination of a new minimum wage for the nation. By the third quarter of this year, a new minimum wage will be announced for the country.”
According to him, “Better late than never because some State governors are still owing and cannot pay the current N18, 000 minimum wage to workers, that’s why we are ensuring we bring all stakeholders along and announce the new minimum wage at the appropriate time.
“But I can assure you that the third quarter is the maximum time the new minimum wage will be announced.”
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