The organised labour has said there are still hurdles to cross before the implementation of the new minimum wage.
The leaderships of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress told our correspondent that they were awaiting the transmission of an executive bill to the National Assembly on January 23, 2019 after which they would make contact with NASS on the legislation.
They said it was one step out of many that needed to be taken before workers could begin to enjoy the new minimum wage.
They however said that tremendous success had been achieved in the clamour for the new wage structure.
The NLC General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, said, “All we are concerned with is the agreement we had with the FG (transmission of the bill on or before January 23, 2019). We are concerned with the Memorandum of Understanding that we had with the FG which has a date that necessary step should be taken. How they get that done within the election timetable is their own business.
“We do not want to keep going back and forth on this matter. We are holding the FG responsible for honouring the MoU which says that the executive bill will be at the NASS by January 23, 2019. Once that is done, we will know how to engage NASS. We have people who are monitoring what is going on at NASS. We have been in touch with the leadership of NASS on this matter.”
Also, the National Chairman of the TUC, Kaigama Bobboi, told our correspondent that the Federal Government had captured the projection for the new wage in the 2019 budget, stressing that states might need to present appropriation bill to their houses of assembly to accommodate the wage in their budget structure.