ABUJA – organized Nigeria Labour movements in Nigeria have rejected N27,000 new national minimum wage adopted by the National Council of States (NCS) yesterday.
Making the disclosure, General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, asserted that the NCS has no jurisdiction determining another amount after a Tripartite Committee has submitted its report.
“It is abysmal of government to be delaying the submission of an Executive Bill to the National Assembly and by wrongfully adopting N27,000 through the council of states,” he noted.
Ozo-Eson, however, said the NLC has called an emergency National Executive Council meeting for Friday, January 25, to weigh on the deadline given to government within which to submit an executive bill to the National Assembly.
The NLC scribe added that the federal government was only projecting a shutdown of the economy with its latest action.
“This is because workers should not be held responsible for any development after its NEC meeting on Friday,” he said.
The National Council of State on Tuesday, January 22, approved the sum of N27,000 as the minimum wage for workers in Nigeria.
The NCS was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari and attended by Nigerian leaders including Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.
With the approval by the NCS, the federal government would forward a National Minimum Wage bill to the National Assembly today, January 23, 2019 for their approval.