On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the National Minimum Wage Committee, practically beginning a journey towards a living wage for Nigerian workers.

The tripartite committee chaired by Ms. Ama Pepple is saddled with the responsibility of negotiating new National Minimum Wage for the Nigerian workers.

Buhari inaugurated the 30-member committee inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Recall that President Muhammdu Buhari on Thursday approved the appointment of a 30-member tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee for the negotiation of the new National Minimum Wage.

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Earlier on Sunday, labour leaders expressed optimism that the Federal Government would give workers a living wage, and not minimum wage.

The committee is made up of persons from the public sector (federal and state governments) and the private sector (members of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA)

Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) told reporters on Sunday in Lagos that they expected their demands to be met.

“We will discuss with open mind to ensure that we achieve our aims and objectives," Wabba said, noting that the meeting with the tripartite committee would be a social dialogue and collective bargaining discussion.

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