PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Monday observed that the national minimum wage currently being used in the country has already expired.
He stated this inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja while inaugurating a 30-member tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee for the negotiation of a new minimum Wage for Nigerian workers.
All Progressives Congress, APC, governors, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Simon Lalong of Plateau, who are members of the 30-member committee, attended the inauguration.
Meanwhile, two of their colleagues in the PDP, Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe, who are also members of the committee, were absent.
The President disclosed that the inauguration of the committee followed the recommendation of a technical committee put in place after the increase in the price of petrol in 2016.
He stated that after the completion of the work of the committee, an executive bill would be sent to the National Assembly “to undergo scrutiny before being passed into law”.
By its tripartite nature, the committee comprises persons from the public sector, (federal and state governments) and the private sector made up of the largest private employer group, the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, and Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, NASME.