NLC Kick Against Council Of State Salary Approval Of N27000
NLC Kick Against Council Of State Salary Approval Of N27000.
- FG to pay N30,000 N/Assembly gets bill today
- NLC rejects N27,000 minimum wage
The National Council of State (NCS), presided by President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday approved N27,000 as the country’s new minimum wage. However, the Federal Government would pay N30,000 to its workers as minimum wage.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said with the approval of the council, a New Minimum Wage bill would be transmitted to the National Assembly today for passage into law.
Ngige said the N27,000 wage will cover employers of labour with minimum of 25 workers, and that no employer could pay below, except higher if so decided.
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He said the proposed minimum wage has now been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the National Economic Council (NEC) and the Council of State.
“These three organs have permitted Mr. President now to transmit to the National Assembly the new National Minimum Wage Bill.
“Thus, in consonance with the fact that the issues of national minimum wage prescription is in the exclusive list, second schedule, item 34 and being on that list, it is not a job that can be done by the executive alone.
“So, a bill will now be transmitted to the National Assembly that will amend the 1981 Act and 2011 Act. The figure of N27,000 monthly has been approved for transmission to the National Assembly. The frequency of the review of the bill is five years to get it in consonance with pension law of the federation as enshrined in the constitution.
But the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected the N27,000 new National Minimum Wage adopted by the National Council of State still insisted the minimum wage as proposed would be 30,000 both at state and federal level.
According to him, the council has no jurisdiction determining another amount after a Tripartite Committee has submitted its report.
“It is abysmal of government to be delaying the submission of an Executive Bill to the National Assembly and by wrongfully adopting N27,000 through the Council of States,” he said.
Ozo-Eson, however, said the NLC has called an emergency National Executive Council meeting for Friday to weigh on the deadline given to government within which to submit an executive bill to the National Assembly.
The NLC general scribe added that the Federal Government was only projecting a shutdown of the economy with its latest action. “This is because workers should not be held responsible for any development after its NEC meeting on Friday,’’ he said.
When contacted on phone, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said that the NEC of the Congress would meet over the latest development and issue an official statement on it.
The Council of State comprises the President (Chairman), Vice-President, (Deputy Chairman), all former Presidents/Heads of the Government, all former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Senate President, House of Representatives Speaker, State Governors and Attorney-General of the Federation.
Yesterday’s meeting was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar and former Head of Interim Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan.
Former Chief Justices of Nigeria Mohammed Uwais, Alfa Belgore and Mahmud Mohammed were also in attendance. Also present were governors of Osun, Kebbi, Zamfara, Plateau, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Edo, Lagos, Niger, Borno, Ogun, Ekiti, Kogi and deputy governors of Bauchi, Kaduna, and Rivers State.
Two former Heads of State, Yakubu Gowon and Ibrahim Babangida sent apologies for their absence at the meeting. House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara was also absent.