I’m committed to giving Nigeria new minimum wage soon – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said he was committed to ensuring that the nation’s workers get a new minimum wage as soon as possible.
Buhari made the promise at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, shortly after receiving the report of the Tripartite Committee on New Minimum Wage from the Chairman, Amal Pepple.
This happened just as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, said he welcomed the news that government had accepted to pay the new minimum wage recommended by the committee.
The panel recommended N30,000 as the new minimum wage for the country.
The President promised to immediately put in place the necessary machinery that would address what he called open areas in the report.
He said his plan was to transmit an Executive Bill to the National Assembly for passage within the shortest possible time.
He said, “The committee chairman highlighted some of the challenges encountered during your deliberations, especially as it relates to having a consensus position acceptable by all parties.
“I understand, on the government side, the concerns raised were around affordability – that today many states struggle to meet their existing salary requirements. On the side of labour, the points raised focused on the need for any increase to be meaningful.
“In a way, both arguments are valid. I want to assure you all that we will immediately put in place the necessary machinery that will close out these open areas.”
He added, “Our plan is to transmit the Executive Bill to the National Assembly for passage within the shortest possible time.
“I am fully committed to having a new National Minimum Wage Act in the very near future.”
Buhari said the government would continue to engage members of the committee as it commenced a review of the report.
He, however, warned workers against being used as political weapons.