The federal government of Nigeria on Monday, February 26, assured the organized labour, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the entire workforce of the country that the new national minimum wage will be announced latest by end of September this year.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who made this known in Abuja at an event marking the 40th anniversary of NLC, said that the implementation of the new pay would take effect immediately after the announcement.
The minister added that the government is already receiving memorandum from relevant bodies and persons to enable the determination of the new minimum wage.
His words: “In furtherance to the determination by the federal government to attain the decent work agenda which involves opportunities for works that are productive and deliver a fair income, security in workplace, and social protection for families; there have been overtime, three minimum wage reviews and currently the tripartite committee on national minimum wage is set to review the current minimum wage.
“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.”
“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.”