By Akilani Abdullah
The Federal Government on Tuesday fixed January 23, 2019 to transmit an executive bill of a new Minimum Wage to the National Assembly in a bid to fast track the implementation of a new salary structure for Nigeria workers.
This is coming after series of meetings between the Federal government and labour unions in the country. The agreement yesterday, came the same day that labour unions staged a protest rally all over the country to drive home the importance of transmitting the bill to NASS by the FG.
Speaking after the meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Nigige, said the FG would send the bill to NASS on January 23, 2018, after members of the National Assembly must have resumed from their recess.
According to him, necessary meetings would be held next week to ensure the timeline was met.
“As for the transmission of the executive bill to the National Assembly, the government will religiously implement all the processes that will enable us to transmit this bill within the stipulated time.
“We have a target time of January 23, 2018, and we hope that all things being equal, the government will be able to do so. We will take all statutory meetings of the Federal Executive Council, National Economic Council and the National Council of State meetings to enable us transmit the bill on the new national minimum wage. I thank the labour unions for their understanding and appeal to them that the threats should come down. Protests are no longer necessary.” Ngige said.
On his part, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, urged the government to avoid further disagreement with the unions by keeping to the timeline it set.