The National Council of State on Tuesday, January 22nd fixed N27,000 as the new National Minimum Wage.

The figure is N3,000 short of the N30,000 initially recommended by the Tripartite Committee on Review of National Minimum Wage chaired by a former Head of Service of the Federation, Ms Amma Pepple.

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The Pepple committee had submitted its report to President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2018, and it spiraled disputes, as the majority of state governors insisted they could only afford N22,500.

On its part, the Federal Government said it would pay N24,000 at the time, as against organised labour’s insistence that employers must pay the N30,000 recommended by the Pepple committee.

However, at Tuesday’s meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, the NCS pegged the minimum wage at N27,000 across the states after reviewing the positions of all the parties.

The private sector is at liberty to pay any amount to workers, so long as it is not below N27,000.

But the Nigeria Labour Congress has rejected the N27,000 adopted by the National Council of State on Tuesday.

The NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja.

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According to him, the council has no jurisdiction to determine another amount after a Tripartite Committee had submitted its report.

He said, “It is abysmal of government to be delaying the submission of an Executive Bill to the National Assembly and by wrongfully adopting N27,000 through the council of state.”

Ozo-Eson, however, said the NLC had called an emergency National Executive Council meeting for Friday to weigh on the deadline given to the government within which to submit an executive bill to the National Assembly.

The NLC general secretary added that the Federal Government was only projecting a shutdown of the economy with its latest action.

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