PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has directed the relevant government officials and agencies to expedite action on the Consequential Adjustment Negotiations on Minimum Wage
President Buhari has also approved the constitution of the Presidential Committee on Salaries and Allowances that will be handling all requests after the conclusion of Consequential Adjustment Negotiations.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed this when the Executive of Labour Correspondents Association of Nigeria, LACAN paid him a solidarity visit for his re-appointment at the Ministry of Labour headquarters, Abuja.
The Minister explained that the directive by the President for quick completion of Consequential Adjustment Negotiations would help not to accumulate backlogs especially for State Governors. According to him, “My department of inspectorate as well as Employment and Wage are going to do more. We are going to fund them so that we can start full factory inspection and make sure that nobody is under employed and that those in employment get what they deserved in the world of work so that they can have decent work.
“Part of it is the new minimum wage which the President signed in April. It is a pity that after signing it, May came and a lot of us were sent on compulsory leave. We are now coming back from the leave. If you remember, a committee was set up and I was a member. “When we left, the Permanent Secretary took our place and were negotiating with the Joint negotiating Council on the consequential adjustment.
The states are waiting for that and it is not proper for us not to fast track that negotiation so that even the states will not have too much backlog to pay when the consequential adjustment is concluded.