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FG, NLC Set Up Panel To Review Minimum Wage

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[caption id="attachment_8741" align="alignnone" width="640"]Mr Babachir Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).[/caption]

The Federal Government has set up a 16-man committee to consider the N56,000 minimum wage that was proposed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Recall that the organized labour presented the sum, which triples the current minimum wage, to the FG as the new national minimum wage.

The panel was also constituted to address the fuel pump price hike, and other issues raised by the NLC, which necessitated the three-day strike.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal, who stated this in Abuja after a meeting of the Federal Government delegation with the organised labour, said: “I am happy to announce that a 16-man committee has been set up as a technical committee, half from the labour side and half from the government.

“The committee is to discuss issues concerning the minimum wage, to advice on possible modalities of working out ways to arrive at a compromise.

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“Secondly, we have agreed that the 16-man committee will look at the issue of implementation and the allocation of resources on the half a trillion naira palliatives budgeted for by the Federal Government.

“On the issue of PPPRA board, I am glad to announce that the President has approved the appointment of Alhaji Muhammadu Buba, a former Managing Director of PPMC as the chairman of the board,” he said.

He said the 16-man technical committee would submit its report within two weeks of their inauguration.

“We have looked at the totality of the issues that are in contention, especially the issue of the pump price. We have set up a technical committee to look at the details.

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“The fact that the pricing issue and the template have to be considered by an appropriate body which by law is Petroleum Pricing Product Regulation Agency (PPPRA).

“Part of the issue we discussed is to get that board in place, as you know for the past few years that board has not been in place.

“It is their responsibility to actually interrogate the template that has been used to arrive at the price of N145 per litre and we have been able to get it constituted,’’ he said.