After consultations the federal government of Nigeria on Wednesday, October 10, said it has proposed N24,000 as the new minimum wage for civil servants, Premium Times reports.
Thesun gathered that the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, stated this while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Ngige in response to media reports quoting the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, 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,” Ngige said. The minister further 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.”
The minister of labour said the federal government had to consult with the 36 state governors. After the consultations, he said, the federal government proposed N24,000 while governors proposed N20,000.
Ngige said the government is therefore still consulting and negotiations is ongoing.
He said 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.
Thesun previously reported that the federal government’s stance that it cannot afford more than N25,000 per month as minimum wage has reportedly stalled the negotiations by the tripartite committee on a new national minimum wage.
The organised labour and Organised Private Sector (OPS) have faulted the figured by the federal government and are insisting on N30,000 minimum wage per month.