By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with the Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee over the N30,000 agreed figure for new minimum wage.
Other people at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, the venue of the meeting are the Chairperson of the Tripartite Committee and former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Ama Pepple, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba, Director General of NECA among others.
Vanguard reliably gathered that the Federal Government may likely ask for a slight change in the agreed N30,000.
Recall that the Federal Government had proposed N24, 000, while State Governors proposed N22,500 as new minimum wage but the two proposals infuriated the organised labour which culminated in the threat to embark on indefinite strike before government accepted to pay N30, 000.
However, despite the agreement reached during the Monday night meeting held at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, the organized labour said not withstanding the success recorded in making the Federal Government to accept N30,000 as the agreed minimum wage for Nigerian workers, there are still hurdles to cross.
He also directed Presidents and Secretaries of affiliate unions to mobilize members and be on standby in case any further directives on the implementations of the agreed amount.