Presidency reassures workers on new minimum wage

The Presidium assured the workers of the commitment of President Mohammed Bukhari's administration to increase the minimum wage.

Senator Eta Enang, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President of the National Assembly (Senate), gave confidence to the Nigerian Information Agency Forum in Abuja.

Enang spoke against the supposed lack of commitment on the part of the federal government to revise the minimum wage, which was N18,000 for more than eight years.

"I want to assure you that the administration headed by Bukhari is very honest and committed to reviewing the wages of workers.

"If he did not, he would not have set up a committee on minimum wages, headed by the retired head of the state service of the Federation.

"This is a sign of commitment, and this retired Hos is not a retired head of the State Service of the Federation; The Minister of Labor is a part of it.

"Thus, it shows the level of commitment, and this is not a committee of the federal executive council; this is a presidential committee, created and inaugurated as president. "

In May 2017, a tripartite National Committee on Minimum Wages was opened, consisting of 29 members from the organized labor force, federal and state bodies.

Although the committee was granted before September 1 to present its report, it was unable to meet the deadline due to disagreements over the minimum wage indicator.

On August 21, the Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Nguige, accused the delay in the inability of the governors of the state to come to an agreement.

However, Ngige stated that the federal government, through its economic management team, works with governors to find a common language.

Before that, the minister said that he can not say when a new minimum wage will be introduced.

On Monday, the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC), through its president, Mr. Ayubu Wabba, said that the government is upsetting this process.

Wabba said that next week Congress called a meeting of its bodies to inform the federal government and take a decision on the next direction.

Enang also called on labor leaders to consider the lack of unemployed Nigerians in their demand for wage increases.

"Therefore, when we talk about raising wages, I agree with this, but I think we should also take into account the factors that contribute to creating jobs for those who have not yet reached."

He said that the federal government is already working in this direction, encouraging its agencies and parastatal organizations to hire young and skilled Nigerians.

Enang said that the government also creates opportunities for self-employment for enterprising youth through its social investment programs.

He added that the government equally creates favorable conditions for the agricultural and technological sectors for young Nigerians. (NAN)

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