The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has said that the Federal Government’s Advisory Committee has no bearing with the new National Minimum Wage agreement.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja said this was confirmed by Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige.
President Muhammdu Buhari inaugurated a Technical Advisory Committee on the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage and reiterated his commitment to its payment on Wednesday.
However, according to Wabba, the Advisory Committee is irrelevant to the agreement reached on the minimum wage and would not in any way affect the timeline of Jan. 23 agreement reached between organised labour and the Federal Government on the transmission of Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly.
He said, “The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige had told us that the committee is an internal process of the Federal Government.
”I think it is their own way of facilitating and mobilising their own resources for the implementation and also making sure that nothing is left undone and we do not have any problem with that.
“So, it is normal, I think, because initially we were thinking it is a committee that will renegotiate the new national minimum wage, but they said no, it is an internal process of government.
“So, it is not our problem, but essentially their own and it does not in any way affect our interest, government has the right to set up any committee and we are not even members of that committee.”