Osinbajo presides over special meeting on minimum wage

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday presided over the Economic Management Team (EMT) meeting meant to discuss the controversial issue of minimum wage.

The meeting which was held at the Presidential Villa was attended by the ministers of finance Zainab Ahmed, budget and national planning Udo Udoma, industry, trade and investment Okechukwu Enelamah, labour and employment Chris Ngige and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachukwu.

Others include the executive chairman of National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Richard Egbule; director, General Budget Office, Ben Akabueze; and Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali.

Ngige told newsmen last week that he and the chairman of the negotiation team, Amma Pepple (a former Head of Service of the Federation), had briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the progress made by the committee on the issue, adding that the Special EMT meeting would also focus on minimum wage.

Pepple also hinted that the committee would submit its report this month, adding however that they needed a definite figure from both the federal and state governments to conclude the report.

in the meantime the organised labour has said that the 14-day ultimatum it gave the Federal Government from September 12, to implement the new minimum wage will not be reversed or extended.

It stated this in reaction to a directive by the Minister of Labour, Ngige, asking the New Minimum Wage Committee to adjourn indefinitely to enable him to make further consultation with the government.

The minister’s pronouncement came at a time the committee was finalising its work of arriving at a definite figure for submission to the government.

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