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Payment Of New Minimum Wage To Begin In December — FEC     

Minimum wage payment takes effect in December – FEC     

Funsho Akinwale

After the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, to begin payment of the N30,000 new national minimum wage on or before December 31, 2019.

The second directive is coming months after FEC had earlier approved the new payment on April 18, 2019.

Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, announced the development while briefing state house correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“Today (Wednesday), we sent to the Federal Executive Council our report and the conciliation that was done last week between the organised labour and the Federal Government of Nigeria on the issue of the new national minimum wage which has been fixed at N30,000 per month and the consequential adjustments that were meant for salaries and wage structures of the public service there to.

“You will remember that last week when I briefed the press, I told you that the salaries and wage structures are compartmentalised into four classes; health, armed forces service, research institutes and the paramilitary.

“So, they have percentage increase in their wage structure and for emphasis the Grade Level – 07 compartment received 23.2 per cent rise, Grade Level 08, 20 per cent, Grade Level 09, 19 per cent, Grade Level 10-14, 16 per cent and Grade Level 15 to 17, 14 per cent in the CONPPS which is the pure civil service structure and agencies earning the same wages as those in the public service,” Ngige stated.