National Council of State approves N27,000 as new minimum wage

The Council of State in Nigeria has approved N27,000 as the minimum wage for the country, this was approved at its meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the Federal Government is topping the approved amount by N3,000 to 30,000 for its workers, he said the states are at liberty to augment the new agreement as they see fit.

Although there are exemptions, private and public organisations employing less than 25 workers are bounded by the N18,000 minimum wage.

The Council, however, set N27,000 as the new benchmark that any lowest paid worker (that is Grade Level 1 Step 1) would get.

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The amount approved by the Council of State is N3,000 short of the N30,000 that the Tripartite Committee on Review of National Minimum Wage recommended.

A new minimum wage bill is expected to be sent to the national Assembly on Wednesday.

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.

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