FG yet to constitute committee on new minimum wage —NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Monday, said  that contrary to reports, the Federal Government was yet to constitute a committee on the anticipated new national minimum wage.

The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, said in a statement in Abuja, said a report that the committee had started meeting was false and misleading.

“To the best of our knowledge, government is yet to constitute the committee on the new national minimum wage.

“How could a non-existent committee have met?

“In the light of the sensitive nature of the subject matter, this story is not only alarmist; it constitutes an unnecessary overheating of the polity.

“To the best of our knowledge, government accepted to set up two committees as a result of the major protest by labour, following the increase in the pump price of petrol.”

He named the two committees as the palliatives and the national minimum wage committees.

Wabba said the committees were to make recommendations to government on how to cushion the harsh effects brought on the populace by the increase in the pump price of fuel.

He said the committees would also address other issues relating to the working of institutions in the downstream sector, especially the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency.

The labour leader noted that the committees would be expected to make recommendations on other challenges militating against regular supply of petroleum products.