Civil servants may have a reason to smile as the federal government has a New Year surprise package cooking in its cabinet.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is desirous to give Nigerian workers an enhanced pay package this year.

He said the thinking of the Federal Government is to approve a new minimum wage that would reflect contemporary realities.

Ngige stated this in a chat with journalists at Ifitedunu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday.

He said a National Tripartite Committee set up by President Buhari on minimum wage has commenced work and would likely conclude the exercise in the third quarter of 2018.

Ngige said the committee is very dear to Buhari, who is giving close supervision.

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He said, “We had our inaugural meeting on December 14 and we did a framework for our work. We will finish our job before the third quarter of this year, but we may finish earlier.

“Minimum wage is a national matter and only the Federal Government can legislate on it. Labour matters and the issue of national minimum wage are in the exclusive list.

“President Buhari is monitoring it strictly, and I am monitoring it too. I wear a double cap as minister of labour, who is the regulator and also as the deputy chairman of the committee.”

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