Tuesday, January 08, 2019 7.30PM /
Ottoabasi Abasiekong for Proshare WebTV
The Federal Government has announced that it will transmit the New National Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly, by January 23rd, 2019.
This was after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Federal Government and Labour today.
Minister for Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige disclosed this at the end of a meeting with the leadership and representatives of the respective unions.
The country’s national minimum wage which due for review currently stands at N18,000 but has been negotiated by labour to N30,000 or what amounts to a 67% increase.
Speaking on the outcome of the meeting the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said the planned transmission of the proposed bill to the National Assembly, was a step in the right direction.
According to him the Labour leadership expects that it will be passed, signed into law and fully implemented in the interest of workers.
As part of efforts to sensitize Nigerians nationwide, the NLC and other affiliate trade unions organized protests to pressurize the Federal and State Governments to adopt the proposed new minimum wage of N30,000.
From Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Rivers, Kano to Bayelsa states workers today engaged in a public rally to support the unions in their quest to see to the implementation of the new minimum wage.
The labour unions warned state governments to comply with the new national minimum wage when passed into law or risk a nationwide workers strike.