Government sets up panel on minimum wage

Rahila Lassa and Helen Shok Jok, Abuja

A sixteen man technical Committee has been set up to look into issues bothering on national minimum wage, hike in petrol price and the immediate reconstitution of the Board of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency.

The decision was reached by the representatives of the Nigerian Government led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday, in Abuja.

Outcome of meeting
Speaking on the outcome of the meeting, Babachir said that the committee was expected to come up with a working document report within the next two weeks.

According to him, the issue of implementation and allocation of the half a trillion naira palliative as appropriated in the 2016 budget will also be discussed at the committee level.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, said that the Government was committed to keeping its own side of the bargain, no matter what the outcome of the committee meeting would be.

The Executive Governor of Edo state and former NLC President, who was part of the government delegation, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, appreciated the leadership of both parties for a shared commitment to finding a lasting solution to the challenges confronting the nation.

Oshiomhole stated that while it was the duty of the NLC to canvass for policy options to bring relief and comfort to Nigerians, there was also need for the two parties to resolve to work together.

He emphasized that ’’there was only one NLC and one Government’’.

President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said that the discussion was fruitful, as all contending issues were discussed at the meeting and both parties showed commitment in keeping to their own part of the bargain.

On whether the strike action yielded the desired result or not, Comrade Wabba said that the action was to make the Congress’ point for what it stands for.

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