FG inaugurates tripartite committee on national minimum wage


By Mathew Dadiya

The Nigerian government, Tuesday, said the inauguration of the tripartite committee on national minimum wage for workers is a clear expression of its desire to nurture a motivated workforce.

Vice President Kashim Shettima made the declaration on Tuesday while inaugurating the committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Shettima stressed that doing so reemphasizes the importance of workers to the development of the nation.

The Vice President, who inaugurated the committee on behalf of President Bola Tinubu, said: “We are here to reaffirm our promise to improve the welfare of the Nigerian workers and by extension the entire nation. The labour force stands as the cornerstone of the progress of every nation and that of Nigeria has been the enduring engine of our pursuit to development.

“I therefore welcome the nominees of the tripartite national minimum wage committee composed of the government employers and labour unions who have been carefully selected for the crucial task of renegotiating a new minimum wage for workers in our beloved nation.”

He noted that the Nigerian government is sensitive to the present condition of workers in the country thus the decision to act fast.

“Our sense of duty today thrives on both our sensitivity to the conditions of the Nigerian worker and the impending expiration of the last Minimum Wage Instrument in a few months. It is in recognition of the need to ensure a fair and decent living wage, and in compliance with the Act, that the Federal Government has set in motion necessary mechanisms to assemble this tripartite Committee to chart a future that aligns with our collective interests,” he added.

The Vice President used the opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to bear with the government as it implements its new economic reforms because they are in the interest of the nation.

“While the decisions we have taken to save the economy are inevitable, we are not unaware of the short-term consequences. We believe that government is a continuum, and, as such, we have intervened in the systemic delays that undermined our economic growth. Since the removal of the subsidy, various committees have been established to examine and make recommendations to the government on measures to cushion the envisaged painful effects of the increase on workers and the Nigerian populace at large. I am pleased to share that action has since commenced on the implementation of the outcome of those agreements and initiatives,” he said.

“This gathering stems from the deliberations of one of the Technical Committees, which included representatives from both Government and Organized Labour. We have identified the need for the review of the National Minimum Wage and to consider a minimum wage level that can alleviate the nation.

“It gladdens my heart that the recommendation is being acted upon today, and we can all acknowledge that this is in line with our democratic process and adherence to the rule of law. I express my gratitude to all those who contributed to that endeavour,” the Vice President noted.

Chairman of the Committee, Goni Bukar-Aji, pledged that they will bring on board their expertise in order to deliver on their task.

Members of the committee include the Ministers of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Governors of Bauchi, Niger, Anambra, Osun, Katsina and Cross River, as well as the Presidents of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress among others.