The Minister for Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, today assured Nigerian workers that a new minimum wage would be implemented soon.
Ngige noted that a committee in charge of that, set up for that purpose by the Federal Government had already started work.
Ngige gave the assurance while speaking with journalists shortly after witnessing the swearing in of newly-elected chairmen of the 18 local government councils in Edo at the Government House, Benin.
The minister said that the Minimum Wage Review Committee, with him as deputy chairman, would submit final report in the third quarter of the year to the National Assembly for due consideration.
“This is a constitutional issue and the Constitution makes provision for the minimum wage to be reviewed every five years and we are on course.
“The committee will decide what the minimum wage will be and it is a tripartite arrangement comprising the government, employers and employees.
“So, the Nigerian workers should hope that we have their issues at heart,’’ he said.
He further commended Edo governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, for keeping funds for the new councils’ chairmen to commence activities.
“The governor has done the ultimate for them; the ball is now in their courts to do the needful,’’ he said.