The National Council of State has approved twenty-seven thousand naira as the minimum wage for the country. The council approved the amount at its meeting in Abuja today. Following the Council’s approval, a minimum wage bill is expected to be sent to the National Assembly on Wednesday.
According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the Federal Government is topping the approved amount by three thousand naira to thirty thousand naira for its workers. He said the states are at liberty to augment the new agreement as they see fit.
The amount approved by the Council of State is three thousand naira short of the thirty thousand naira that the Tripartite Committee on Review of National Minimum Wage recommended. Prior to the committee’s recommendation, in October, state governors had offered to pay twenty-two thousand, five hundred naira as minimum wage.
President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the Council of State’s meeting which had in attendance Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as well as former Presidents, Heads of State, and former Chief Justices of Nigeria.