By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, yesterday said it was alien to have two minimum wage.
NECA’s declaration came against the backdrop of approval of two separate minimum wage figures, including N30,000 for federal workers and N27,000 for states and the private sector.
It, however, urged organised labour to lobby the National Assembly for a minimumn wage of N30,000 across board, insisting there was nothing wrong with the “recommendation” of National Council of State, NCS.
Speaking on the issue, Director-General of NECA, Mr. Timothy Olawale, said: “As the title goes, what the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage submitted to the President upon conclusion of its assignment was a recommendation.
‘’Ordinarily, a recommendation is not cast in stone, but advisory to the President. The International Labour Organisation, ILO, Minimum Wage Setting Mechanism as domesticated in Nigeria, permits the National Economic Council and, of course, the National Council of State to take a further look at the recommendations and make their inputs to the President.
“While it is desirable that they accept and adopt the recommendations of the committee, it is also within their rights to make their own independent recommendations. The process never envisaged a situation of rubber stamping the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee.
‘’The National Minimum Wage process also gives the National Assembly the liberty to tinker with the figure in the interest of the nation and the citizens. Such tinkering could be an upward review of the recommendations, which would be desirable to the workers.”