Chris Ngige Says Minimum Wage Will Take Effect From April 18

Nigerian Minister of Labour and Employment; Chris Ngige has announced that the minimum wage will take effect from April 18, 2019, when it was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. Minimum wage

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Friday, he said; “It is a national law and no governor can say he will not pay. Issue of the national minimum wage is item 34 on the exclusive legislative list of the third schedule of the Nigerian constitution. Every state government is now owing workers if they have not started paying N30,000. We are now in a committee working out a new template with which we will adjust upward.” He also added; “Employers in the private sector adjusted immediately; but in the government sector, the bureaucracy and bottleneck of government are responsible for the delay. You know that you must budget for it. However, whenever the encumbrances are removed, we will pay with effect from 18th April 2019.”

On May 14, the Federal Government inaugurated a committee to negotiate adjustments to salaries from the consequential increase in the minimum wage.

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