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F G Ready To Pay 30,000 Minimum Wage



Eniola Olayemi


Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Tuesday resolved to take the N30, 000 new national minimum wage request to the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting scheduled for Thursday at the State House, Abuja.

The request will also be presented to the National Council of State fixed for January 22.

The FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari also launched a new 60-page and 10-year Nigeria international passport.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the emergency FEC meeting, said that the N30, 000 minimum wage request will be taken to NEC.

He didn’t give details about the minimum wage request as he pointed out that it was still work in progress.

Asked to speak on the minimum wage request discussed at the meeting, he said: “l cannot because it is work in progress, since it will also be discussed at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting before we come

A reliable source, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, also disclosed that the wage request will be presented to the National Council of State.

Members of the NEC include governors, who mostly have opposed the N30, 000 new minimum wages and agreed to pay N22, 500 and Ministers of Justice and Finance and Central Bank Governor as members.

The organised labour has given the Federal Government up till January 23 to submit executive bill to the National Assembly or risk an industrial action.