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NLC Disagrees With Ngige Over Implementation Of Minimum Wage

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The Nigeria Labour Congress has described the by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige that the new national minimum wage cannot be implemented in September as provocative.

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Implementation Of National Minimum Wage: NLC Knocks Ngige

The Nigeria Labour Congress has described the by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige that the new national minimum wage cannot be implemented in September as provocative.

NIGERIA NEWS recalls that the Sen. Chris Ngige had on Tuesday said the implementation of the implementation of the National Minimum wage, cannot take effect by September.

The Minister said, “The committee on the new National Minimum wage is expected to conclude its work by the end of September and present its report to the government for deliberation and approval before an executive bill is sent to the National Assembly on the issue”.

In its own reaction, the labour union in a statement signed by the President of the Union, Ayuba Wabba, the Union noted that the Minister’s comments are at variance with the declaration made by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo when he represented the President at this year’s May Day celebration.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, in a statement on Friday, queried the sudden change in the proposed implementation date, noting that Ngige had without any prompting informed the world that the Federal Government would start paying the new wage in September.

He said, “The current volte-face by the Minister of Labour is not only provocative, it is also insensitive especially in the face of the excruciating suffering being endured by Nigerian workers particularly as occasioned by the increase in the cost of living.”

“Do we need to remind the Minister that he was once a civil servant who always looked forward to his monthly salary? Nigerian workers who are not privileged to earn fat salaries, allowances, estacodes and other perks of political appointment are looking forward to enjoying minimal relief in the form of the new national minimum wage,” the Congress president stated.

The union described Ngige’s statement as a gaffe that is inconsistent with the fervour so far demonstrated by the tripartite committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to review the national minimum wage.

“Our concern is, who is the Minister of Labour speaking for? Nigerian workers want to know who has sent Dr. Chris Ngige on this nebulous errand. On whose side is the Minister of Labour on the upward review of the National Minimum Wage?” the NLC queried.

It admonished the tripartite committee on the minimum wage to expedite action and ensure that discussions and negotiations are concluded by August, 2018 “so that Nigerian workers can start benefitting as quickly as possible from the New National Minimum Wage.”

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