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Buhari Assents to New Minimum Wage as FG Says No Governor ‘ll Renege on Payment


President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Minimum Wage Amendment Bill into law.

The Federal Government also declared that no Governor in the 36 states of the Federation will renege on paying the new N30,000 minimum wage.

Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, gave the clarification, at the weekend during an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja.

The Minister noted that a committee is working out a new template for upward consequential adjustment for those already earning above N30,000.

Ngige said: “It is a national law and no governor can say he will not pay. (The) national minimum wage is Item 34 on the Exclusive Legislative List, of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

“Issue of labour is also there and not on the Concurrent List. If it is on the Concurrent List, then, they can make their own state Assembly laws on that. Every state government is now owing workers if they have not started paying N30,000.

“They (employers) are owing workers, effective from 18th of April, a new minimum wage.

“We are now in a committee working out a new template with which we will adjust upward the consequential adjustment upstairs for those already earning above N30,000.

“The minimum wage is for the most vulnerable down the ladder and that is the man on Grade Level 1, Step 1.

“So, you must consequentially adjust for the man on Grade Level 2, Grade Level 3, Grade Level 4 and 5, because, that man on GL 1 step 1 has over taken them with his new payment.

“That is what we refer to as consequential adjustment. This consequential adjustment touches more the people on the lower ladder and we are working it out. The negotiation is going to be with the Joint Negotiating Council, at both the federal and at the state level.

“What we are trying to do now, with the Salaries and Wages Commission is that we have a technical committee working out what the federal government will do for their workers and advice the state government, appropriately.

“In 2011, there was a mistake in the consequential adjustment in


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