Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari Inaugurates 30-Member Committee To Review N 18,000 Minimum Wage

Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday inaugurated a 30-member National Minimum Wage Committee made up of representatives of government, workers and employers of labour to review N 18,000 minimum wage.
Photo,  President Muhammadu Buhari
The President while speaking at the committee’s inauguration said, the committee was necessary as workers deserve good welfare package as vital elements in the growth and development of modern nation.
“We all know that the last Minimum Wage Instrument has expired, and it is in recognition of the need to ensure a fair and decent living wage that the Federal Government put in motion necessary mechanism 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 on the measures to be adopted to cushion the envisaged painful effects of the increase on workers and the Nigerianpopulace 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. I am glad that the recommendation is being acted upon today and we can all acknowledge that this is in line with our democratic process. I wish to thank all those who participated in that exercise.” The president said.
Buhari expressed his confidence and hope that the committee will bring expected results.
“Considering the scope of the membership of this new National Minimum Wage Committee we can see that it is encompassing all stakeholders. My hope is that, the outcome of the deliberations of the Committee would be consensual and generally acceptable. I therefore urge you to amicably consider the issue of a National Minimum Wage and all matters that are ancillary to it with thoroughness and concern not only for the welfare of our work-force but the effect on the country’s economy.” Buhari said.
The president assured Nigerians that minimum wage is constitutional and as such should be anchored on social justice.
 “The subject of a National Minimum Wage for the Federation is within the Exclusive Legislative List of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). Accordingly, we should aim to go above the basic Social Protection Floor for all Nigerian workers based on the ability of each tier of Government to pay. I say this because minimum wage is the minimum amount of compensation an employee must receive for putting in his or her labour and as such should be anchored on Social Justice and Equity.” He assured.

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