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As FEC Steps Down Minimum Wage Memo, Labour & Governors Enter Emergency Meetings

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Tuesday stepped down the memo on the new minimum wage from consideration and deliberation to allow President Bola Tinubu to engage in more consultation with stakeholders.

 This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, while briefing State House correspondents on the decisions taken at the council meeting.

He said the President has studied the report submitted by the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage and would consult further before a final submission on a new national minimum wage to the National Assembly.

“I want to inform Nigerians here that the Federal Executive Council deliberated on that [the report of the tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage],” he said

“The decision is because the new national minimum wage is not just that of the Federal Government. It is an issue that involves the Federal Government, the state governments, local governments, the organised private sector, and of course, including the organised labour.

“That memo was stepped down to enable Mr. President to consult further, especially with the state governors and the organised private sector, before he makes a presentation [of an executive bill]  to the National Assembly.”

Talks for a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers have been on for a while. The Minimum Wage Act of 2019, which made ₦30,000 the minimum wage, expired in April 2024. The Act should be reviewed every five years to meet contemporary economic demands of workers

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Rita Elenwo

Rita Aletor- Elenwo, is a professional journalist with experience in broadcast, print and online reporting. A proud citizen of Edo state, Nigeria (Esan South East Local Government) Rita had her first degree in philosophy from Ebonyi State University (2008), PGD, in Communication from the University of Port Harcourt (2020), and currently in pursuit of an MSC degree in communication. Rita (nee Aletor-) is happily married with lovely children.

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