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National Council Of State Approves N27,000 As New Minimum Wage



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27,000 Announced As New Minimum Wage

The National Council of State, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N27,000 as the new minimum wage to be paid to Nigerian workers.

This was announced by labour minister, Dr Chris Ngige while addressing pressmen at the end of the council’s meeting which held at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019.

In his address, Ngige revealed that the federal government will augment the approved amount to N30,000 for federal workers while the state and local governments are at liberty to negotiate acceptable amounts with their workers which must not be lower than the approved N27,000.

Naija News recalls that the tripartite committee set up to work on the new minimum wage recommended N30,000.

The federal government, however, wanted to pay N24,000 while the state governors insisted they could not afford more than N22,500 without sacking workers.

The Nigerian Labour Congress on its part, maintained that nothing short of N30,000 will be accepted as the new minimum wage.

The NLC further warned that it would embark on an indefinite strike action should the government approve any figure lower than N30,000.

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