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Following the approval of N27, 000 as New Minimum Wage by the Council of State today in Abuja, the Nigeria Labour Congress has said it would not accept nothing less than N30, 000 as Minimum Wage.
The NLC after its emergency through its Secretary-General, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, made this known to newsmen in Abuja.
NLC said the council has no jurisdiction determining another amount after a Tripartite Committee had submitted its report.
News Agency of Nigeria quoted NLC as saying: “It is abysmal of government to be delaying the submission of an Executive Bill to the National Assembly and by wrongfully adopting N27,000 through the council of states.”
In the meantime, Ozo-Eson said the NLC has scheduled an emergency National Executive Council meeting for Friday to weigh on the deadline given to government within which to submit an executive bill to the National Assembly.
The NLC scribe added that the Federal Government was only projecting a shutdown of the economy with its latest action.
“This is because workers should not be held responsible for any development after its NEC meeting on Friday.’’
It would be recalled that the National Council of State pegged the National Minimum wage at N27,000 this morning January 22, 2019.
It was known that the N27, 0000 would be the least paid workers in the states and the private sector.
It was however stated that the private sector is the liberty to pay any amount, so long as it is not below N27,000.
Federal Government made it known that it would pay its own workers N30,000 as their minimum wage.
The Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, also confirmed the development to State House Correspondents in Abuja.
With the outcome of the meeting, Ngige stated that a bill would be sent to the National Assembly latest on Wednesday (tomorrow).
But NLC said it won’t accept nothing less than N30, 000