Why Tinubu Is Yet To Take Decision on Minimum Wage Report, SGF Akume Explains

  • The federal government has cited a major reason for its delayed response to the latest minimum wage demand by labour
  • President Bola Tinubu disclosed that he is yet to act upon the Tripartite Committee report on the new minimum wage because labour leaders are busy outside the shores of Nigeria
  • Fox Nigeria reports that the NLC and the TUC have insisted on its N250,000 new minimum wage proposal while the government offered to pay workers N62,000

Fox Nigeria journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is yet to get the report of the tripartite committee on minimum wage because the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) are currently not in Nigeria.

FG clarifies Tinubu's delayed verdict on minimum wage proposal

SGF Akume speaks on Tinubu’s delayed response to new minimum wage demand by labour.
Photo credit: Senator Dr. George Akume, @DOlusegunSource: Facebook

Minimum wage: Why Tinubu is yet to get the report

The director of information and public relations in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Segun Imohiosen, disclosed this via a statement.

As reported by PM News, the statement said the labour leaders are attending International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland which will end on July 3rd.

The committee is expected to take its report to President Tinubu immediately labour leaders return from the Conference.

The 37-member panel will be led to submit the report by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume, The Nation reported.

As reported by The Nation, it added that the 37-member committee led by Bukar Goni Aji will be led to formally present the report to Tinubu by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume, immediately after the labour leaders return from Switzerland.

The statement read:

“The Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage has concluded its assignment and submitted report to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Monday, June 10, 2024.

“A formal presentation of the report will be made to Mr. President for appropriate action, when the leadership of the organised labour as well as representatives of government and organised private sector, who are presently in Geneva, Switzerland for the ongoing International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference, return to the country.”

It remains to be seen what decision Tinubu will take on the report as the FG’s team and the private sector had proposed N62, 000, while the organised labour scaled down their demand from N494, 000 to N250, 000.

Labour rejects N100,000 minimum wage proposal

Earlier, Fox Nigeria reported that organised labour said it won’t accept the N62,000 or N100,000 “starvation wage” proposed as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

NLC chairman, Joe Ajaero, spoke on a day the tripartite committee on national minimum wage submitted its report and urged the federal government to perish the idea of such offering.

Source: Fox Nigeria

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