President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated a committee, to negotiate a new national minimum wage for the Nigerian workers.
The 30-member tripartite committee is made up of members from the federal government, Nigeria Governors Forum, as well as, the organized labour and private sector.
Buhari, inaugurating the committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, admitted that the current national monthly minimum wage of N18, 000 has expired, but asked the committee to negotiate in good faith.
The President urged them to consider the interest of the workers, the wage that the economy could accommodate and the financial capability of each tier of government.
“We all know that the last minimum wage instrument has expired.
“It is in recognition of the need to ensure a fair and decent living wage that the Federal Government put in motion necessary mechanisms so that we can today inaugurate this large committee with a big task ahead of you.
“You are all aware that during the period following the increase in petrol pump price in May 2016, a technical committee was established to examine and make recommendations to government, the measures to be adopted to cushion the envisaged painful effects of the increase on workers and the Nigerian populace at large.
“During the deliberations of the technical committee, which comprised government and organized labour, the need for the review of the national minimum wage was highlighted and recommendation to set up a committee to look into the level of minimum wage was made accordingly,’’ Buhari said.
The committee, headed by a former housing minister, Amma Pepple, has Labour and productivity minister, Senator Chris Ngige, as deputy chairman, while chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Richard Egbue, is the secretary.
The state governments are represented by Imo, Osun, Kebbi, Plateau, Rivers and Gombe states.