The federal government has assured workers in the country that they “will begin to enjoy the new minimum wage before the end of September, this year.”
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who disclosed this at the commemoration of NLC @40 yesterday in Abuja, said “third quarter is the minimum time for the implementation of the new wage.”
“In furtherance to the determination by the federal government to attain the decent work agenda which involves opportunities for work that are productive and deliver a fair income, security in the workplace, and social protection for families; there have been overtime three minimum wage reviews and currently the tripartite committee of National Minimum Wage is set to review the current minimum wage.
“Memoranda are being received from relevant bodies and persons to enable the determination of the minimum wage for the nation, so by third quarter a new minimum wage would be announced for the country,” he said.
Speaking further, the minister said third quarter is the maximum time for the implementation of the new wage, urging workers not to grumble about it now.
“It better late than never, third quarter is the maximum time that workers in the country would begin to enjoy the new minimum wage.”
President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said the struggle for minimum wage review had always been tough, stressing that those “who seek to slow down the process will be resisted by the movement.”
“Having attempted to outline the desirability and the inevitability of reviewing the national minimum wage in our country, it may suffice to also inform you that the legitimate demand for the review of the current N18, 000 minimum wage is borne out of the current reality of higher cost of living, free fall of the naira, and high cost of goods and services.
“Let me us this medium to serve notice to those who seek to slow down or frustrate the process of review that they be resisted in like manner as our predecessors did.
“Let the spirit of Apena Cemetery and the compelling wisdom that guided the leaders during both Adeba and Udoji wage review be our road map,” he said.
On the increasing insecurity in the country, Comrade Wabba while decrying the situation, called on government and the security agencies to ensure the quick rescue of the over 100 secondary school girls in Dapchi and the other remaining Chibok girls.