Nigerian President approves new minimum wage to Junior officers

Ifeoluwa Salami, Lagos

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The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate implementation of the N30,000 new national wage for Federal Public Services workers that currently earns below the minimum wage.

The Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Richard Egbule made the announcement in Abuja while addressing reporters on the implementation of the new minimum wage.

Mr Egbule said the commencement of the approved payment would be determined by the office of the Accountant – General.

The payment will be backdated to when President Buhari signed the agreement.

The approval would take effect from 18th of April 2018 and will affect the salary of government agencies under five salary structures.

The president gave the approval three months after he signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-Enactment Act, 2019 into law.

The development came barely three weeks after receiving report of the Presidential Technical Advisory Committee on the implementation of the National Minimum Wage.

The Chairman of the committee Mr Bismarck Rewane presented the report to president Buhari on March 25, 2019.

The act compels all employer of labour across Nigeria to pay their employees a minimum of N30, 000.

According to the act, persons that employed less than 25 workers and person in other kinds of regulated employment are excluded.

The Act gives workers the right to sue an employer or authorise the Minister of Labour to take action against any employer who refuses to pay the stipulated wage.

Omolayo.A