Why NLC negotiated new minimum wage eve of 2019 election

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the new national minimum wage, N30,000, ahead of 2019 election. Buhari, who received the report of the Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, confirmed N30,000.

Buhari has also promised to send a bill to the National Assembly to effect the change from N18,000 to N30,000 in no distant time.

However, the Presidency has frowned at the misinterpretation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s remarks when he received the report of the Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage from the committee’s chairman, Ama Pepple, on Tuesday.

A presidential source, who preferred not to be named, said the president did not endorse N30,000 as proposed by the committee as being reported by some sections of the media.

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He, however, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed his commitment to ensuring the implementation and execution of a new National Minimum Wage. “But the president’s speech at the event was immediately made available to the media and nowhere indicated that the president endorsed N30,000. “It is not the duty of the president only to endorse a new national minimum wage. The process involves the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the National Economic Council (NEC) and the National Assembly.

“It is imperative for us to always avoid misinterpreting a written speech,’’ he added. At the submission of the report of the Tripartite Committee that negotiated with labour and other stakeholders, President Buhari pledged that the Federal Government would soon transmit an Executive bill (on National Minimum Wage) to the National Assembly for its passage within the shortest possible time. He said: “Our plan is to transmit the Executive bill to the National Assembly for its passage within the shortest possible time.

 

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