Buhari inaugurates minimum wage Committee, seeks decent wage for workers

A new minimum wage could be agreed upon for workers in the country, very soon.
To make this a reality, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday inaugurated a 30-manTripartite National Minimum Wage Committee. At the inauguration he urged the members to come up with a fair and decent wage for Nigerian workers.
Inaugurating the committee in the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Buhari said that re-negotiation of a new national minimum wage had become imperative because the existing minimum wage instrument had since expired.
“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.
The President noted that the subject of a national minimum wage for the federation was within the Exclusive Legislative List of the 1999 Constitution.
He, therefore, enjoined the Committee members 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.’’
Buhari also told the members to amicably consider the issue of a national minimum wage and all matters ancillary to it with thoroughness and concern, not only for the welfare of the nation’s workforce but the likely effects on the country’s economy.
According to him, government’s decision after considering the final recommendation will be sent as an Executive Bill to the National Assembly for it to undergo appropriate legislative scrutiny before passage into law.

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