FG takes fi­nal po­si­tion on new min­i­mum wage Mon­day – Ngige

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Is­mail Mu­dashir

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will take a fi­nal po­si­tion on the new na­tional min­i­mum wage on Mon­day af­ter an en­larged meet­ing of all key stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing state gov­er­nors, the Min­is­ter of Labour and Em­ploy­ment, Chris Ngige, has said.

Ngige said yes­ter­day that the no-work, no-pay labour pol­icy was ini­ti­ated dur­ing the ten­ure of for­mer pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo. The Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil (FEC) had penul­ti­mate Wed­nes­day ap­proved the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the white pa­per on the pol­icy.

Ngige told State House re­porters yes­ter­day that the pol­icy was passed by the Na­tional Assem­bly in 2004 and that Obasanjo as­sented to it.

“The is­sue of no-work, no-pay is not a new thing, it is an ex­ist­ing law passed by the Na­tional Assem­bly in 2004 and as­sented to by Obasanjo.

The law pro­tects both em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees. We are just re- echo­ing it. It is not any­thing puni­tive or new, it has been around since,” he said.

Af­ter the meet­ing, he said Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari would trans­mit a bill on the new na­tional min­i­mum wage to the Na­tional Assem­bly for con­sid­er­a­tion and pas­sage. He said the Na­tional Assem­bly would or­ga­nize a pub­lic hear­ing on the bill to en­able the pub­lic con­trib­ute to the draft law.

From left: Chair­man, Med­i­cal Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, Dr. Olufemi Ade; Chief Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor, Prof. Chris Bode; Dr. Louis Obodo; and Dr. Rose­line Williams at the joint grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony of the La­gos Univer­sity Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal Schools at Idi Araba in La­gos yes­ter­day Photo LUTH

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