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N30,000 minimum wage: Reps in unity of purpose?

February 5, 2019 Editorial III 0

After much agitation and threats to shut down the economy by the organised labour, President Muhammadu Buhari finally transmitted a new national minimum wage Bill to the National Assembly. JOSHUA EGBODO in this piece tries to provide insight into why the lawmakers are out for a united outcome. Firstly, the House of Representatives in an unprecedented speed passed the Bill Read More

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Minimum wage versus micro wage earners

February 5, 2019 Editorial III 0

  The House of Representatives last week amended the Minimum Wage Bill and passed a uniform minimum wage of N30, 000 rather than the N27, 000 recommended by the Council of State and forwarded to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari. After election campaigns, the Senate would almost certainly pass the bill the way the House of Representatives did Read More

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Labour to storm NASS Monday over minimum wage

January 25, 2019 Editorial III 0

  Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has insisted that the National Assembly must do the needful by approving the N30, 000 national minimum wage, which is the product of the tripartite committee. President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba, who briefed newsmen after the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Congress in Abuja on Friday, said NLC would mobilise Read More

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Breaking: Reps pass Minimum wage bill for second reading

January 24, 2019 Editor 0

The new national minimum wage has received a boost, as it scaled second reading on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday. The Bill which was introduced for first reading through a letter by President Muhammadu Buhari to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, who read same to members, was expeditely slated for second reading, with majority members however opting for Read More

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Breaking: Senate ‘dumps’ 2019 budget, face Minimum wage

January 24, 2019 Editor 0

Despite having 2019 budget still begging for attention after it was submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate has suspended its rules by evoking order 79 to give the new Minimum Wage (amendments) Bill an accelerated consideration. No sooner had the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu,, read President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter announcing the transmission of the bill to the National Read More

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Teachers reject N27, 000 minimum wage

January 23, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has said that the N27, 000 minimum wage approved for Nigerian workers by the National Council of States is not acceptable to Nigerian teachers. The union was also not comfortable with the Federal Government’s decision to pay its workers N30,000 as minimum wage. The National Council of States on Tuesday, January 22,  approved N27, Read More

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NLC rejects N27, 000 minimum wage, threatens shutdown

January 23, 2019 Editor 0

Rising from its one-day meeting on Tuesday, the National Council of State, pegged the national minimum wage at N27, 000 for states and the private sector, and N30, 000 for the federal workers. President Muhammadu Buhari presided at the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Briefing journalists after the meeting, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said Read More

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Nafada steals show at BBC governorship debate, agrees to pay N30,000 minimum wage

January 17, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe, Senator Usman Bayero Nafada, during a debate organized by British Broadcasting Corporatio (BBC) Hausa Service stole the show when he assured that workers deserve more than N30,000 as minimum wage.The excited crowd broke the protocol against clapping of hands during the live telecast of the programme held at the multipurpose Read More

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Minimum wage: National Council of State set to meet next week

January 17, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The National Economic Council (NEC) has resolved to refer the new N30,000 minimum wage as demanded by the organised labour to the National Council of State, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. This was disclosed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr. Chris Ngige, while addressing State House correspondents on the outcome of the NEC meeting. Read More

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Minimum wage: Govs shun meeting

January 17, 2019 Editor 0

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) meeting ahead of Thursday’s National Economic Council (NEC) meeting over the controversial N30,000 new minimum wage failed to hold on Wednesday as a result of lack of quorum.  Out of the 36 governors that made up of the NGF, only governors of Zamfara, Bauchi, Jigawa, Niger and Adamawa and the deputy governors of Kaduna, Enugu, Read More

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Minimum wage still work in progress – Lai Mohammed

January 15, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, has said that the extraordinary meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) extensively discussed the national minimum wage and would comment on its deliberations after the National Economic Council’s (NEC) decide on the matter. The minister said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the special Read More

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Minimum wage: Rewane, Fowler make 24-member Technical Advisory Committee

January 9, 2019 Editor 0

President Muhamamdu Buhari on Wednesday inaugurated a Technical Advisory Committee on the implementation of a new minimum wage headed by and economist and financial expert, Mr. Bismarck Rewane.  The President said he is committed to the implementation of a new national minimum wage for workers in the country.  “I want to make it clear that there is no question about Read More

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Minimum wage: FG to transmit executive bill to NASS January 23

January 9, 2019 Editorial III 0

  The federal government yesterday agreed to transmit an executive bill of the recommended N30.000 National Minimum wage to the National Assembly by January 23rd, 2019 for enactment into law. Minister of labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige disclosed this after a meeting with the Organised Labour and  said it would be after the necessary processes of going through all Read More

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No new minimum wage, no vote, NLC tells governors

January 8, 2019 Editor 0

The Nigerian workers under the umbrella of Nigeria Labour Congress has threatened to vote out any state governor or party who failed to implement the newly proposed N30,000 minimum wage for workers in the state. The leadership of the union also accused the state governors of conspiring against the implementation of the new minimum wage, and urged members to brace Read More

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Minimum wage: Workers moody as Labour stage Nationwide protest

January 8, 2019 Editor 0

Generally, there was ceaseless moments of angst and obvious sadness glaring on the faces of mostly government workers popularly known as Civil Servants following Nationwide protest declared by the Organised Labour, comprising – Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC). The protest was held in various part of the country including Abuja, the nation’s capital. NLC President, Ayuba Read More

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New Minimum Wage: As labour gears up for indefinite strike

January 4, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The ongoing disagreement among stakeholders on the proposed N30.000 New Minimum Wage is creating ripples, just as labour warms up for indefinite strike action next week. MOSES JOHN takes a look at the issues.   Minimum Wage Act The previous N18, 000 minimum wage being used in the country since 2011 was due for negotiation since 2016, going by the Read More

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Ahead Jan 8 strike: Govs insist N30, 000 minimum wage not sustainable

January 1, 2019 Editor 0

The Nigeria Governors Forum, yesterday, reiterated its position on the controversial N30, 000 minimum wage proposal, insisting that it is “neither realistic nor sustainable.” Rather, the NGF said, states should pay a minimum wage of N22, 500, pointing out however that any state with the capacity to pay more is at liberty to so do. But the adamant workers are Read More

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Minimum wage impasse: NLC set for Nationwide protest in January, demands bailout, Paris club probe

December 22, 2018 Editor 0

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has concluded plans to embark on a nationwide mobilisation of Nigerian workers to protest federal government’s delay in transmitting, enacting and implementing a new national minimum wage of N30,000. The NLC also urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC to investigate allegations of diversion of the bailout fund, Paris Club refund, as well as Read More

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Nigeria can pay N30.000 new minimum wage – Oshiomhole

December 19, 2018 Editorial III 0

  The National Chairman of governing All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said that Nigeria has the capability to pay the N30.000 new minimum wage as recommended by the national minimum wage tripartite committee. Oshiomhole, who was two term governor of Edo state, while speaking at a dinner in honour of Comrade Ayuba Wabba on his election as Read More

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N8.7trillion 2019 budget without N30,000 minimum wage

December 18, 2018 Editorial III 0

As President Muhammadu Buhari presents 2019 budget proposal of N8.7 trillion to the joint session of the National Assembly tomorrow, one of the items to be sought for in the proposal is whether the N30,000 minimum wage agitation by Nigerian workers are captured in it or not . Taiye Odewale puts up a prognosis. Subsidy palaver As posited last week Read More

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FG working on early implementation of new minimum wage — SGF

December 14, 2018 Editor 0

The federal government is working towards an early implementation of a new minimum wage, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation has said. Mustapha made this known yesterday in Abuja at the opening of a one-day symposium on the 25th anniversary of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission which has Overcoming the Challenges of Compensation and Productivity Read More

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Minimum wage will be an issue in 2019 elections -Wabba

November 21, 2018 Editorial III 0

NLC President Ayuba Wabba, speaks on the controversies around the proposed new national minimum wage, the governors’ position and what Nigerian workers would do. Moses John presents the details. Excerpts, Minimum wage It’s not going down, it is just one stage. What we did is to make sure that there is a formal report from the committee. The formal report Read More

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2019: Ebonyi APC Guber Candidate promises to pay N30, 000 minimum wage if…

November 17, 2018 Editor 0

The Governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), Senator Sunday Ogbuorji has assured that his government would pay N30,000 minimum wage to workers if elected. Ogbuorji who gave the assurance when he spoke through a radio station, Unity FM Abakaliki on Friday said his administration if elected in 2019 would end every ambiguity in the state treasury adding that the Ebonyi Read More