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Committee on new minimum wage recommends N30,000 to federal government

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THE tripartite committee on the review of the national minimum wage has submitted its report to President Muhammadu Buhari, recommending that the sum of N30,000 be adopted as the new national minimum wage.

While presenting the report to the President on Tuesday,  chairperson of the committee, former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Ama Pepple, noted that the government representatives on the committee had suggested N24,000, the panel recommends N30,000 as the new National Minimum Wage of the country”.

She also said the committee has drafted a bill on the new minimum wage to be considered by the Executive the consideration of the government.

In response, Buhari commended the committee for its works and reiterated his commitment to having a new national minimum wage as soon as possible. He assured that the bill will be conveyed to the National Assembly without further delay.

Buhari, however, urged workers not to allow themselves to be used as political weapons.

The organised labour, comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had suspended the industrial action it had planned to begin on Tuesday. Ayuba Wabba, National President of the NLC, said the strike was suspended after a meeting of the minimum wage committee on Monday.

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