The federal government has said it will pay N30,000 as minimum wage to its staff.
This was made known by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige while making his submission during the public hearing on minimum wage organised by the House of Representatives.
Ngige said although government is presenting N27,000 as minimum wage, but the federal government has resolved to augment it for its staff with N3,000, thereby, making it N30,000.
While Ngige emphasised that the N27,000 is the minimum that can be paid, he encouraged other States and employers that can pay beyond the minimum wage to do so.
In his submission, the chairman of Governors Forum and governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari, said the governor will abide with the decision of the Council of State, which is N27,000.
However, Yari said to make that work, the federal government has to attend to the governors’ request that they have been making, which is the review of sharing formula.
On his part however, the president of Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba who spoke on behave of the organised labour insisted on N30,000 minimum wage.
Wabba, who stated that collective bargaining is akin to a consent judgement, said an agreement has already been reached during the tripartite committee negotiation and that, labour stands on.
Wabba noted that eleven million people will benefit directly from the minimum wage and if properly implemented, there is no poverty it cannot address.
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