*FG denies agreeing with labor for N30,000
By Ngozi Ekhator with report from Abuja
State governments have agreed to a marginal increase in minimum wage for civil servants in their employ from N18,000 per month to N20,000 per month.
This was disclosed on Wednesday in Abuja by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris’s Ngige.
He told State House Correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting that the federal government had to consult with the 36 state governors over the issue and after the consultations, the FG proposed N24,000 while governors proposed N20,000 er month as minimum wage.
He said the government is therefore still consulting and negotiations is ongoing.
He also denied entering into any agreement with the organised labour to increase the minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba was quoted to have said that the Federal Government and the labour leaders have agreed on N30,000 as the new minimum wage which will soon be announced.
The labour minister Ngige was responding to media reports quoting Wabba on the new minimum wage.
“Such information is not true,” Ngige said.
The Minister said when the committee reconvened on October 5, after the NLC had called off its nationwide strike, “the organised labour came down to N30,000, the organised private sector came down to N25,000”.
The minister stressed that in accordance with Convention 131 of International Labour Organisation, the most important thing to consider in fixing the new minimum wage is the ability to pay.