The Federal Government has re-affirmed its commitment to the welfare of workers and the sanctity of the new national minimum wage signed into law last month by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federtion, Boss Mustapha while inaugurating the committee to negotiate the consequential adjustment in salaries arising from the new wage, assured workers that government would not renege on its promise to pay N30,000 as minimum wage.
The committee, chaired by the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, is expected to work for four weeks and negotiate the issue of relativity/consequential adjustment arising from the new national minimum wage with the relevant labour unions.
Mustapha recalled that the President had in November, 2017 inaugurated the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage when he noted that the Nigerian Worker was vital to the growth and development of a modern nation even as he underscored the need to ensure a fair and decent living wage for workers, anchored on the principle of social justice and equity.
“To further demonstrate Mr. President’s unwavering commitment to the welfare of all Nigerian workers, he signed into law, the new National Minimum Wage bill which recommended N30,000,” said Mustapha who also emphasised the role played by the Presidential Technical Advisory Committee which advised on revenue optimization and a seamless implementation of the new wage and its consequential cost.
The SGF urged the Committee to “consider the issue of relativity and consequential adjustment with thoroughness, bearing in mind the welfare of the nation’s workforce vis-à-vis the current economic reality”.
Mrs Oyo-Ita said the committee “is expected to work out the most suitable way to deal with the implementation” of the new national minimun wage following the advise of the Rewane Technical Committee on how to meet the additional cost arising from salaries and allowances of workers earning above the new minimun wage.
The committee has, from government side, ministers in charge of finance; labour & employment;budget & national planning;health; education an justice. Also on the team are the Director General, Budget Office of the Federation; Secretary, Federal Judicial Service Commission; Secretary, National Assembly Service Commission; and the Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission who will serve as its secretary.
Ten representatives came from the trade unions and were nominated by the Joint National Public Service Negotiation Council.