The National Council of State has approved N27,000 as the minimum wage for the country.
The National Council of State has agreed on N27,000 as the new minimum wage today, Tuesday at its meeting held in Abuja.
According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the Federal Government is expected to complete it 30,000 by adding N3,000 for its workers.
He said the states are at liberty to augment the new agreement as they see fit.
The amount approved is N27,000 which is N3,000 short of the N30,000 recommended by the Committee on Review of National Minimum Wage.
The committee, chaired by a former Head of Service of the Federation, Ms Ama Pepple, had submitted the report, which contained the recommended figure, to President Muhammadu Buhari on November 6, 2018, after many months of deliberations.
It could be recalled that, state governor in October had offered to pay 22,500 as minimum wage.
However, the committee recommended N30,000, which the Nigeria Governors’ Forum insisted that the state cannot pay such amount.
On January 8, 2019, the Nigeria Labour Congress held a Nationwide pretest over what it said was the delay by the Federal Government to transmit a new minimum wage bill to the National Assembly.
Following the Council’s approval, a minimum wage bill is expected to be sent to the National Assembly on Wednesday.