Minimum Wage Update: Workers to smile before February 2018 Elections – Ngige
The Federal Government has said it would look into the new minimum wage for workers before the February 2019 elections.
Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, together with the Chairman of the National Minimum Wage Negotiation Committee, Amma Pepple, addressed State House correspondents on the outcome of their closed-door meeting with the president, on Friday.
Dr Ngige said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is a labour-friendly one and will put smiles on the faces of Nigerian workers before 2019 elections.
According to Ngige, the meeting of the Economic Management fixed for September 18 is primarily to iron out the new minimum wage.
He said: “Next week, we have an economic management team meeting on Tuesday, specially dedicated to the issue of national minimum wage to be chaired by the vice-president.
“For anybody to say that this government is stalling or playing games will be uncharitable because we have done what we are supposed to do.
“We have the interest of workers at heart; we have not retrenched anybody; there is no embargo on employment, there is no embargo on promotions; we are paying backlog of promotional arrears.
“So, this government is a labor-friendly government and we must put smiles on their faces before the next elections.