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Emmanuel Fikayo

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The federal government has said that payment of the new minimum wage of N30,000 started from April 18 when President Muhammadu Buhari signed Minimum Wage Amendment Act Bill into law.

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, who stated this at the weekend in Abuja, said no governor in the 36 states of the federation will refuse to pay the new minimum wage, Vanguard reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the minister advised employers of labour especially those who have not started implementation of the new law to do so in order to avoid accumulating arrears.

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He said: “It is a national law and no governor can say he will not pay.
Issue of national minimum wage is item 34 on the exclusive legislative list of the third schedule of the Nigerian constitution.

“Issue of labour is also there and not on the concurrent list.
If it is on the concurrent list, then they can make their own state Assembly laws on that.
Every state government is now owing workers if they have not start paying N30,000.

“They (employers) are owing workers effective from 18th of April, a new minimum wage.
We are now in a committee working out a new template with which we will adjust upward the consequential adjustment upstairs for those already earning above N30,000.

“The minimum wage is for the most vulnerable down the ladder and that is the man on grade level one step one.
So, you must consequentially adjust for the man on grade level two, grade level three, grade level four and five, because that man on GL 1 step 1 has over taken them with his new payment.

“That is what we refer to as consequential adjustment.
This consequential adjustment touches more the people on the lower ladder and we are working it out.
The negotiation is going to be with the Joint Negotiating Council in both the federal and at the state level.

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“What we are trying to do now with the Salaries and Wages Commission is that we have a technical committee working out what the federal government will do for their workers and advice the state government appropriately."
Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 14, inaugurated a committee to implement the new national minimum wage, almost one month after he signed the bill into law.

Winifred Oyo-Ita, the head of the civil service of the federation, was appointed the chairman of the committee.

Source:-naija news. Com

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