The Federal Government has denied entering into any agreement with the labour workers to expand the lowest pay permitted by law from N18,000 to N30,000.
On Tuesday, the leader of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, was cited to have said that the Federal Government and the Labor leaders had concurred on N30,000 as the new minimum wage permitted by law which will be declared soon.
Be that as it may, the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, while talking with state house journalists after the Federal Executive Council, denied the report. As indicated by Ngige, the Federal government has proposed to pay N24,000 as the lowest pay permitted by law while state governors are proposing N20, 000.
“Such information is not true” Ngige said
As indicated by Ngige, when the Federal government and the worker’s organizations met to consider on the new the minimum wage on October 5, after the NLC had canceled its warning strike across the nation, “the organized labor came down to N30,000, the organized private division came down to N25,000”.
Ngige said the government needed to counsel with the 36 state governors and after the meetings, the FG proposed N24,000, while governors proposed N20,000.
He said the government was all the while counseling and transactions is progressing.