The inauguration of a 30-member tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee for the negotiation of a new National Minimum Wage for Nigerian workers has elicited a lot of expectations and hope. 

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.

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Meanwhile, public workers believe the committee will make useful decisions. Michael Williams, a civil servant, said: 

“I wish the Federal Government will conclude negotiation on the implementation of a new minimum wage so that I will know that my salary will rise to be able to cater for my kids. 

“But if a time frame had been given to the 30-member committee, it will help to hasten their efforts in reaching conclusion on the wage’’. 

Similarly, President of Association of Resident Doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology ‎Teaching Hospital Osogbo, Dr Yinka Owolabi said the organised labour would not allow government to use the minimum wage issue to score political point. 

“We are certain that if the government employs delay tactics for any reason labour will react," he said. 

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