*FG gives committee four weeks to submit report
One month after President Muhammadu Buhari signed National Minimum Wage Bill into law, the Federal Government on Tuesday inaugurated its implementation committee.
The committee has four weeks to conclude and submit its reports.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, inaugurated the Committee and charged it to negotiate the consequential adjustment in salaries arising from the new wage law.
The committee is chaired by Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, with the SGF as the alternate chairman.
Members of the committee from the government side are the Ministers of Labour and Employment; Budget and National Planning; Education, Health and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
Others are Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Secretary, Federal Judicial Service Commission, Secretary, National Assembly Service Commission, and Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission, who is to serve as Member/Secretary.
On the side of the trade unions, 10 representatives have been nominated by the Joint National Public Service Negotiation Council as members of the Committee.
Mustapha said the primary mandate of the Committee will be to negotiate the consequential adjustment in salaries arising from the new national minimum wage.
He said: “I have no doubt in my mind that you have abundant literature, reports and other materials to help this assignment. The duration of the assignment is four clear weeks from this inauguration.
“It is expected that the Committee will work assiduously to complete the assignment.
“I urge the Committee to amicably consider the issue of relativity and consequential adjustment with thoroughness, bearing in mind the welfare of the nation’s workforce vis-à-vis the current economic reality.”
Oyo-Ita said the minimum wage was last reviewed in 2011, eight years ago. She noted that the “issue of upward review of wage in civil service has come a long way and after the last review, concerted efforts have been made by various stakeholders to ensure that workers in Nigeria receives wages commensurate with their output in the public service considering the prevailing socio-economic realities.”
The head of service said the committee is to ensure that the benefits cut across all levels of workers in the public service.
She commended the leadership of the Labour unions for their understanding exhibited during and after the negotiation of the new minimum wage.
Oyo-Ita assured that the committee will do its best to deliver on its mandate within the stipulated time frame.
Ngige, while appearing on Sunrise Daily, magazine programme of Channels Television did not state when the government would start payment but said that arrears would be paid anytime implementation of the new wage began.
He said there were still processes and procedures the new wage would undergo before the commencement of its implementation, even though it had been passed and signed into law.
”It is a whole process and the salary and wages commission will do its job before implementation,” the minister said.
The minister said that those at the lowest cadre of employment whether in the public or private sector would earn N30,000 as the law provided.
He said however for the cadre of workers already earning above the minimum wage, there would be a consequential adjustment from the top.