Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, says the Federal Government will reconstitute a new committee to begin fresh negotiations for the full implementation of the new national minimum wage of N30,000.
Speaking on Thursday when the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) paid him a courtesy visit at his office in in Abuja, Ngige said “The President has put in place a new committee or council called ‘Presidential Committee on Salaries and Allowances.”
Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, and the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, among others were at the meeting, where he, however, warned that the delay in agreement for the full implementation of the new minimum wage may put the Federal and State governments in a difficult position to pay because of the backlog that would arise.
The minister explained that it was important for workers earning above N30,000 and on grade level seven to 17 to be patient.
He gave assurance that the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage implementation was being sorted out.
Senator Ngige added, “It is important that we advise them (the stakeholders), because we are not yet back on that negotiation, that if they keep on piling debts, the Federal Government might run into problem of payment.
“The state governments that have not been regular with payments will have problems.”
He, therefore, promised to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the stalemated negotiation on the new wage.
The minister informed the labour leaders that the Federal Government is committed to the full implementation of the minimum wage.