N24,000 is the proposed new minimum wage; states N20,000; NLC wants N30,000
It appears that the federal government of Nigeria is – for now – willing to increase the country’s new minimum wage for civil servants to N24,000 – and this is after consultations.
Premium Times reports that the Minister of Labour and employment, Chris Ngige, made this known today, October 10, while briefing State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The minister was said to have stated this in response to media reports quoting the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, as saying that the tri-partite committee discussing the demand for new minimum wage has agreed to increase it from the current N19,200 to N30,000.
“Such information is not true,” Mr Ngige said.
Explaining further, the minister said when the committee reconvened on October 5, after the NLC had called off its nationwide strike, “the organised labour came down to N30,000, the organised private sector came down to N25,000.”
But the federal government had to consult with the 36 state governors and after the consultations, Ngige added that the federal government proposed N24,000 while governors proposed N20,000.
He, however, noted that the federal government is still consulting while negotiations are ongoing.
The minister also recalled that in accordance with Convention 131 of International Labour Organisation, the most important thing to consider in fixing the new minimum wage is the ability to pay.
The NLC had initially proposed a N50,000 minimum wage for workers, a move opposed by many state governors, many of whom are unable to regularly pay the current N18,000 minimum wage.