Federal Executive Council Approves New Committee to Fix Minimum Wage

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) chaired by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has approved a 29-member National Minimum Wage Committee to negotiate with labour unions and work out a new minimum wage.

Labour Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige announced this at the end of the meeting in Abuja, and said members will be drawn from the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and the Organised Private Sector and the NLC and TUC.

Labour has tabled a minimum wage of N50,000, almost three times more than the present N18,000, being paid with difficulties by many states.

On Friday, Ngige had said FEC would review the report of the joint committee on the National Minimum Wage.

He said the 16-man Technical Committee on Minimum Wage and Palliatives had submitted its report to the main committee, headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

“The report was adopted just last week by the 29 -man joint committee.

“So the report is now being taken to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval next week(this week) and then the Acting President will constitute a National Minimum Wage Review Committee.

“This National Minimum Wage Review Committee will then fix a new minimum wage for the country.

“It has become imperative for a new minimum wage, because the last minimum wage has a life span of five years – it was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan- and it elapsed by Aug. 2016,” he said.

He stressed that since the issue of minimum wage was a constitutional issue, all stakeholders would be involved in the final discussions.

“So it is a law that it would have a national application for both those in the private sector and those in the public sector.

“So the implementation of the national minimum wage is not only for the Federal Government alone,” Ngige added.

He said the private sector, employers of labour, government and governors, among others would be involved in the discussion.

“We must all sit together and come out with an acceptable agreement,” he said.


  1. good one that they are at but i feel like adding this to the table,a critical look at the minimum wage issue should give birth to price control committee or tax force as well because all the minimum wages and salaries been paid are no small amount but the problem we have in this country is price control which is making the cost of living high in nigeria thereby making 70% of nigerians finding it hard to feed as a thorough and down to the grassroot investigation by these leaders will show that prices most times skyrocket for no just reason so i think if they can see my suggestion something should be done about pricing of commodities in this country as in the western countries they spend about half of the money we spend in a year yet we are ranked one the poorest in the world.

  2. Hassan Aderemi25 May, 2017 08:47

    Good development.

  3. Oladimeji S.25 May, 2017 08:51

    Nice one, the committee need to fast track the meeting and come out with better solution.

  4. This is what we hope to expect not the reverse. The national cake shouldn't only be bestowed on civil servant but also a provision should be made to relief unemployed job seekers and alleviate the sufferings of the populace.

  5. We are tired of this innuendose, committee!, committee!! and committee!!! for what since December 2016.


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