The Federal Government will on Tuesday in Abuja inaugurate the N30,000 new national minimum wage implementation committee, almost one month after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill into law.
Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige, said this while fielding questions on television concerning the time for payment of the new wage, did not state when the government would start payment but said that arrears would be paid anytime implementation of the new wage began.
Ngige said “there were still processes and procedures the new wage would undergo before the commencement of its implementation, even though it had been passed and signed into law. It is a whole process and the salary and wages commission will do its job before implementation,”
The committee was made of seven ministers with the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita as Chairman. He said
The minister added that those at the lowest cadre of employment whether in the public or private sector would earn N30,000 as the law provided. However for the cadre of workers already earning above the minimum wage, there would be a consequential adjustment from the top.
Meanwhile, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Ayuba Wabba, has uttered worry over the setback in the commencement of the implementation of the new wage.
Ngige added that the relevant agency of government would soon issue a circular on the expected adjustments.