With the look of events it seems there may be a light soon at the tunnel in the fight between the National labor congress of Nigeria and the Federal government on the accepted and approved minimum wage of the average Nigerian worker.
The National Council of State has approved N27,000 as the minimum wage for the country. The council gave the approval during their meeting at the state house in Abuja on Tuesday January 22nd.
Disclosing this to newsmen, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the Federal Government will be topping the approved amount by N3,000 to make it 30,000 for all Federal workers. He said the states are at liberty to augment the new agreement as they see fit.
Following the Council’s approval, a minimum wage bill is expected to be sent to the National Assembly on Wednesday January 23rd.
The National Council of State is a body of past and present Nigerian leaders. At the council meeting today were former presidents Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ernest Shonekan, former military leader Abdulsalim Abubakar amongst others.