Nigeria’s House of Representatives has urged the President, Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Minister of Labour and Employment to commence negotiation process for upward review of the country’s current minimum wage. This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Rep. Peter Akpatason (Edo, APC), during plenary on Thursday.
Akpatason, in his motion, urged the Federal Government to heed calls for review of the national minimum wage to avert the threatened nationwide industrial action.
“The Minimum Wage Act of 2011 set the lowest payable salary at ₦18,000, but the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the National Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Federal Government have agreed to set up a joint review team to study and recommend an appropriate rate.
“Labour unions have submitted names of their nominees and have made several requests for commencement of the review process, but government is yet to respond positively to the requests,” he said.
Akpatason, noted that payments of outstanding debts to contractors and arrears of salaries and pensions to workers had contributed to the improvement of the economy. He said increase of the minimum wage would also enhance the economy.
The law maker told his colleagues that a combination of high inflation rates and the weak exchange value of the Naira had eroded the purchasing power of fixed income earners in the country.
The Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, ordered the House Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity to ensure implementation of the directive.