The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja inaugurated the N30,000 new national minimum wage implementation committee, almost one month after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill into law.
Hinting at a delay in implementation of the new wage regime, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said the modalities for implementation would be first articulated by a Federal Government committee, inaugurated yesterday by the Secretary to the Government of Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha.
Ngige, who spoke on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, yesterday, said that arrears would be paid anytime implementation of the new wage began.
He said there were still processes and procedures that the new wage would undergo before 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, adding that those at the lowest cadre of employment, whether in the public or private sector, would earn N30,000 Minimum Wage as the law provided.
He however said, that for the cadre of workers already earning above the minimum wage, there would be a consequential adjustment from the top.
“What government is doing now is to work out its implementation because the least paid worker in Nigeria must earn N30,000 monthly, and we must lay the foundation for consequential adjustment for other levels,” he explained.
“To say when the implementation will start, no, it could be next week, a month or two weeks, I cannot say now; all I can say is that the lowest worker will collect N30,000 as wages per month.”
Ngige assured that no worker will be owed because payment will be calculated from the day the president signed the bill into a law of the federation, which means arrears will be paid based on the new minimum wage.
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