The National Council of State has approved N27,000 as the minimum wage for the country. It is N3,000 short of the N30,000 that the Tripartite Committee on Review of National Minimum Wage recommended and submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari on Novemer 6, 2018.
The council approved the amount at its meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
A minimum wage bill is now expected to be sent to the National Assembly this week.
According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the Federal Government is topping the approved amount by N3,000 to 30,000 for its workers.
He said the states are at liberty to augment the new agreement as they see fit. Although state governors are insisting on N22,500 while labour had vowed to resist any amount below N30,000.
Although there are exemptions, private and public organisations employing less than 25 workers are bounded by the N18,000 minimum wage.
The Council, however, set N27,000 as the new benchmark that any lowest paid worker (that is Grade Level 1 Step 1) would get.
President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the Council of State’s meeting which had in attendance Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as well as former Presidents, Heads of State, and former Chief Justices of Nigeria.
They include Ernest Shonekan, Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalami Abubakar, and Goodluck Jonathan, while Yakubu Gowon was absent.
Others present are Senate President Bukola Saraki, governors of Zamfara, Kebbi, Plateau, Lagos, Borno, and Ebonyi, as well as members of the President’s cabinet.