The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will soon approve the setting up of a 29-man committee to engage organized Labour in negotiating a new national minimum wage for workers.
According to him, the committee’s report will be subjected to the scrutiny of the National Assembly before it can be executed by the government.
Organised Labour comprising the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has submitted a N56,000 new national minimum wage request to the government.
The minister, who addressed reporters in his office after a meeting of the technical committee, said the committee was yet to be set up, adding that the technical committee set up in June 2016 to work out modalities for the review of the palliatives would soon submit its report to the main committee.
He said in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, it was within the ambit of the National Assembly to amend the minimum wage act, since national minimum wage issues are on the exclusive list.