Buhari appoints new national minimum wage committee



PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a thirty-member tripartite committee for the negotiation of a new National Minimum Wage for the country.

The committee is made up of persons from the public sector, (Federal and State governments) and the private sector made up of the largest private employer group, the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, and Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, NASME.

The committee is chaired by Ama Pepple, a former minister of Housing, Land and Urban Development. Other members are; Chris Ngige, minister of Labour and Employment, (Deputy Chairman), Richard Egbule, chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, (Member/Secretary).

Others are; Udo Udo Udoma, minister, Budget and Planning, Kemi Adeosun, minister of Finance, Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of the Civil Service of the Federation and Roy Ug, permanent secretary, General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Representing the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, are; governors Rauf Aregbesola (Osun, South West), Rochas Okorocha (Imo, South East) Hassan Dankwambo (Gombe, North East) Nyesom Wike (Rivers, South South), Simon Lalong (Plateau, North Central) Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi, North West) and A. B. Okauru, Esq., DG, NGF as observer.

Representatives of trade unions are Ayuba Wabba, president, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Peters Adeyemi, Kiri Mohammed, Amechi Asugwuni, Peter Ozo-Eson, Bobboi Bala Kaigama President, Trade Union Congress, Sunday Olusoji Salako, Alade Bashir Lawa and Igwe Achese President, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG.

On the employers’ side are; Olusegun Oshinowo, Director General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, Timothy Olawale, Chuma Nwankwo,  Mrs Olubunmi Adekoje, Director General, Federation of Construction Industry, FOCI, Ahmed Ladan Gobir, Chairman, Kaduna East Branch, Manufacturers’ Association, MAN, Francis Oluwagbenro, Hajia Muheeba Dankaka, President, Kano Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, and Degun Agboade, President, Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, NASME.

The committee will be inaugurated on Monday November 27, 2017 at the Council Chambers, Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.


– Nov. 24, 2017 @ 14:00 GMT /




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