The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said
on Monday that contrary to reports, the
Federal Government was yet to constitute
a committee on the anticipated new
national minimum wage.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, said
in a statement in Abuja that a report that
the committee had started meeting was
false.
He described the report as not only false
and misleading but also mischievous.
“To the best of our knowledge,
government is yet to constitute the
committee on the new national minimum
wage.
“How could a non-existent committee
have met?
“In the light of the sensitive nature of the
subject matter, this story is not only
alarmist; it constitutes an unnecessary
overheating of the polity.
“To the best of our knowledge,
government accepted to set up two
committees as a result of the major
protest by labour, following the increase
in the pump price of petroleum products.”
He named the two committees as the
Palliatives and the National Minimum
Wage Committees.
Wabba said the committees were to make
recommendations to government on how
to cushion the harsh effects brought on
the populace by the increase in the pump
price of fuel.
He said the committees would also
address other issues relating to the
working of institutions in the downstream
sector, especially the Petroleum Products
Pricing Regulatory Agency.
The labour leader noted that the
committees would be expected to make
recommendations on other challenges
militating against regular supply of
petroleum products.
He said that government’s acceptance to
set up the committees was part of the
process of addressing the concerns of
labour.
“On June 2, the committee on palliatives
was inaugurated by the secretary to the
government of the federation.
“An inaugural meeting chaired by the
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr
Chris Ngige, was held immediately during
which it was agreed that a tripartite
committee should be set up.
“The committee comprises
representatives of government, employers
and labour on a new national minimum
wage in line with extant law and
procedure.”
“We have gone to this length to show how
sensitive this subject matter is and why
no one should test waters with
speculations or outright lies,” he added.
(NAN)

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