The Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are not happy with the Federal Government.

Yes, it is definitely about the new minimum wage matter.

They criticised the government for presenting N27,000 in the New Minimum Wage Bill sent to the National Assembly against the resolution of the tripartite committee.

At the public hearing organised by the House of Representatives on the bill on Monday, two of the three bodies that formed the tripartite committee agreed on N30,000 while the FG insisted on N27,000.

While organised labour and the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association insisted on N30,000, the FG and Nigerian Governors’ Forum settled for N27,000.

Among those at the hearing were the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara; Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun; Minister of Finance, Zainab Mohammed; Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; and Director-General of Budget in the Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze.

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Others were the Chairman, NGF and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari; Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, who was part of the tripartite committee; President, NLC, Ayuba Wabba; Vice-President, TUC, Olusoji Salako; and National President of NURTW.

Also present were the Senior Special Assistants to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang (Senate) and Mr Umar el-Yakub (House).

The workers at different times booed Ngige and Yari during their presentations.

The event took a dramatic turn when Ngige hailed the workers, saying, “Great Nigerian workers!” Responding, they chorused, “No!”

Ngige said the issue of the national minimum wage “is a national matter and fundamental to the dignity of workers”.

The minister said the tripartite committee only agreed to review the minimum wage “to a wage the government can sustain”.

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