Just In: FEC Instructs Finance Minister To Effect Payment Of New Minimum Wage Before December

Just In: FEC Instructs Finance Minister To Effect Payment Of New Minimum Wage Before December

The Federal Executive Council has instructed the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed to effect payment of the new minimum wage on or before 31st December 2019.

It was earlier reported that FEC has approved the minimum wage since 18 April 2019 and should have take effect.

Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour, has revealed this at the Presidential Villa Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Naija News understands that this is coming after Ngige had earlier said that the full implementation and payment of the new minimum wage would take immediate effect.

The labour minister in his statement stated that the payment cuts across both the public and private sectors.

Ngige said the consequential adjustment agreed upon meant that: “For COMESS wage structure grade level 7 gets 23%, level 8 gets 20%, level 9 gets 19%, levels 10 to 14 get 16% while levels 15 to 17 get 14%. “For those on the second category of wages structure, CONHES , CONRRISE, CONTISS etc, level 7 gets 22.2%, levels 8 to 14 get 16%, levels 15 to 17 get 10.5%.”

The Minister stated that the third category of the country’s “wage structure which includes the military and paramilitary was also factored in the agreement since they are not in the civil service, theirs would be communicated through the appropriate channels.”

This online news platform understands that the statement by the Labour Minister came after the federal government and the Labour Unions reached an agreement on the consequential adjustment for other categories of workers after three days meeting.

Under the agreement reached, the core civil servants on grade level 7 are to get (23.2 per cent) adjustment; grade level 8 (20 per cent); grade level 9 (19 per cent); grade levels 10 to14 (16 per cent); and grade levels 15 to 17, (14 per cent).