FG Sets Tuesday For New Minimum Wage Committee Inauguration

The federal government of Nigeria has scheduled Tuesday, January 30, 2024, for the inauguration of the tripartite committee tasked with deliberating on the new minimum wage in the country. This announcement came through a statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume.
In the letter addressed to Comrade Ambali Akeem Olatunji of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), dated January 23, 2024, the SGF disclosed that the inauguration would occur at the Council Chamber of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) reiterated its commitment to advocating for improved working conditions for Nigerian workers from both the government and employers. The NLC expressed optimism that the anticipated new minimum wage would enhance the working and living conditions of Nigerian workers, particularly amidst the challenges posed by the removal of fuel subsidy.
Benson Upah, the head of information and public affairs at NLC, emphasized the organization’s readiness to engage with the government formally once the new minimum wage committee is constituted. The NLC has already submitted a list of its members expected to participate in the tripartite committee.
Recalling the agreement signed in October 2023 between labour unions, including the NLC and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), and the federal government, Upah noted that several items, such as the monthly payment of the N35,000 wage award to workers, are yet to be fully implemented.
Despite these challenges, Upah affirmed that the NLC remains steadfast in its commitment to prioritize the welfare and living standards of Nigerian workers, striving to ensure that their demands are addressed.
Ada Peter
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