Council of States approves N27,000 minimum wage

President Muhammadu Buhari and former heads of state at the National Council of State meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 approved the new minimum wage. Following the Council’s approval, a minimum wage bill has been sent to the National Assembly.
According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the Federal Government is topping the approved amount by N3,000 to 30,000 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 N3,000 short of the N30,000 that the Tripartite Committee on Review of National Minimum Wage recommended. The committee, chaired by a former Head of Service of the Federation, Ms Ama Pepple, had submitted the report, which contained the recommended figure, to President Muhammadu Buhari on November 6, 2018, after many months of deliberations.