The President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Bobboi Kaigama, disclosed yesterday that a new amount agreed by the Federal Government and labour as the nation’s new minimum wage would be announced next month.
Bobboi, while speaking in Lagos said that the committee working on the minimum wage had almost concluded negotiations on the matter.
The Federal Government had set a September date to roll out a new minimum wage for workers, although the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, was recently reported as “double-speaking” on the issue.
Civil servants in Nigeria are eagerly awaiting a wage increase after years of enduring a wage structure, described by analysts as one of the lowest in the world.
But public office holders in Africa’s most populous nation, including members of the bi-cameral parliament enjoy some of the biggest wages in the world, according to analysts.
Kaigama said that a tripartite committee meeting was holding on Wednesday in Abuja but refused to elaborate on issues being discussed at the meeting.
“The tripartite meeting is holding today but I do not want to pre-empt the outcome or the level we have reached in our discussions, otherwise there will be unnecessary anxiety.
”But by the end of August, I am assuring you that workers will know what the agreed new minimum wage will be”, he said.
On November 22, 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of a 30-member committee to work out a new minimum wage. He inaugurated the committee on November 27.