In an interview with Daily Sun‘s KENNETH UDEH in Abuja, Minister of labour, Chris Ngige spoke on topical national issues, including Nigeria’s 59th Independence anniversary, social investment programmes and the impact of Nigeria’s border closure on domestic industries.

When asked what was the Federal Government’s stance on the N30,000 new Minimum Wage, he answered:

”I understand that the N30,000 Minimum Wage is a reality, that is why we have started the implementation.

The N30,000 Minimum Wage is for the man at the lowest position in the job ladder, so we are already paying that.

The public servants of those offices are already earning the new Minimum Wage.

With the consequential adjustment, we have a problem with adjusting the wages of level 7 to level 14 workers.

The problem is with negotiations, because the two parties (government and labour) are yet to agree on the figures.

It is expected to happen because it is a negotiation.

And anything that concerns wages and negotiations, you should be ready for hard negotiations, especially when the economy is not too good.

The good thing happening now is collective bargaining, because it is a consequential adjustment.

So, I do not see it as a problem that cannot be solved.

We have to solve it.

And once we solve it, other grade levels will start earning their new scales of wage”.

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