The Federal Government is to meet with the Organized Labor to prevent the national industrial action over non-transmission of the New National Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly will reconvene today Tuesday 8, 2019 by 1 p.m.
Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor and Employment, said this while speaking with newsmen at the end of a closed-door meeting with organized labor on Tuesday in Abuja.
It can be recalled that a threat and ultimatum was given by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC to embark on a nationwide protest on January 8, if the Federal Government fails to transmit the bill on minimum wage to the National Assembly. The organized labor gave the threat following President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that a high powered technical committee would be set up to device ways to ensure that minimum wage implementation did not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.
According to Ngige, we have made progress and Tuesday, we will know the definite date when the bill will be transmitted to the National Assembly. He said, “It has been difficult to arrive at a date because there are processes to follow on the bill. We have to go to the Federal Executive Council with a council memo on the bill after that, we will go to the National Economic Council and the Council of State. But for the Council of State, the President has to look at his own time table and we will inform past Heads of State and Justice of the Federation. This can take two weeks. However, we are trying to see if we can accommodate all these meetings by next week because we cannot do Council of State meeting again this week. Immediately after that meeting (Council of State), we will transmit the bill.”
Also speaking, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, said that organized labor had a useful discussion with the Federal Government.