OrderPaperToday – Following the resolution of the National Council of State which today pegged the national minimum wage at N27,000 for states and the private sector, all is now set for bill to be transmitted to the National Assembly for legislative approval.
The Council also resolved that N30,000 will serve as the minimum wage for federal workers.
These recommendations stemmed from the council’s meeting which took place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and presided by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.
At the end of the meeting, the minister of labour employment and productivity, Chris Ngige, briefed State House correspondents that the council also approved a five year review of the minimum wage while there will be exemptions for establishments with less than 25 persons.
The minister also informed that the national minimum wage bill will be transmitted to the federal chambers on or before Wednesday in line with an agreement with organised labour.
He equally assured that irrespective of the break about to be taken by the lawmakers over the impending general election, relevant committees will still meet and work on the bill.
The meeting was attended by a former head of Nigeria’s Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan; former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan and former military head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar.
Also in attendance were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Others present were the former Chief Justice of the Federation, Mohammed Uwais, State governors in attendance include those of Osun, Kebbi, Zamfara, Plateau, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Edo, Lagos, Niger, Borno, Ogun, Ekiti, Kogi including the deputy governors of Bauchi, Kaduna, and Rivers.