The Federal Government is working towards an early implementation of a new minimum wage, Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) has said.
Backstory: Mustapha made this known on Thursday at the opening of a one-day symposium on the 25th anniversary of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC).
The SGF, represented by Olusegun Adekunle, the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, said that the present administration was committed to the welfare of Nigerian workers.
He said, “I wish to point out that the focus of the national minimum income wage is on government employees, this
critical sector ought not to be left behind and nobody will be left behind.”
The SGF stated that the government is concerned about the spate of strikes in the country as it affects the economy, especially the public sector.
He called on labour unions to resist the urge to resort to work stoppages without exhausting alternatives and more peaceful options for conflict resolution.
Mustapha assured that the government is committed to the stability and development of the economy and service delivery to the public as stakeholders in the nation.
Ayuba Wabba, the president, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), was also present at the event. He said, “There must be social justice in wage fixing, therefore, this issue is an issue that I think the wages commission needs to engage our political class and get this information to them.”
Bottom Line: Nothing new here. No timeline was given by the SGF for when the supposed early implementation is going to kickoff. With just a few weeks to the next general election, the promise appears hollow and it is best to take it with a pinch of salt.