Worried by the delay in the commencement of the implementation of the new National Minimum wage, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate conclusion of negotiation on the consequential adjustment between the government and the Joint National Public Service Negating Council to pay way for the implementation of the new wage regime.
The President has also directed the setting up of a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages which will be saddled with the responsibility of receiving complains and reviewing salaries and work schedule as well as assigning appropriate salaries to different categories of workers.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige who disclosed hen he received the leadership and members of the Labour Correspondents Association of Nigeria (LACAN) in his office said the President has directed that a time limit be set for the conclusion of negotiation between government and workers.
Negotiation between the government and workers representatives have stalled severally as a result of both sides holding on to their presentation and refusing to shift ground.
At the last sitting of the negotiating team, it was agreed that the government team should take both presentation to the President for intervention, while a meeting was scheduled for September 4th, but was later rescheduled.
Ngige said the President was worried that the delay in concluding negotiation will lead to a huge backlog of arrears that many states may not be in a position to pay as the states were waiting for the conclusion of negotiation at the federal level.
The Minister disclosed the intention of government to reinvigorate factory inspectorate in the country to ensure that workers work in decent work environment saying “my department of inspectorate, as well as Employment and Wage, are going to do more. We are going to fund them so that we can star full factory inspection and make sure that nobody is under employed and that those in employment get what they deserved in the world of work so that they can have decent work.