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NLC rejects Buhari’s move to set up ‘another’ technical committee over new minimum wage

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Waba has stated that no Technical Committee will look into the already agreed N30,000 as new minimum wage.

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Mr Wabba stated this while reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement at the presentation of 2019 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly in Abuja.

Mr Buhari had said that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up to look into the ability of state governments to pay the already agreed minimum wage.

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But, Mr Wabba told newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos, that setting up of another Technical Committee to look into the issue of N30,000 minimum wage amounts to over flogging the issue that had already been done with by the tripartite committee.

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“We cannot use any technical committee to look into the agreed minimum wage. The President promised to pass the report to lawmakers a week after it was presented to him.

“Once the tripartite committee has met and agreed on an amount, no other committee can meet on the same issue,’’ Wabba said.

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He said it was the tripartite committee’s decision for workers to be paid N30,000 as minimum wage and there was no going back by labour on the amount.

He disclosed that the organised labour would meet next week to take a decision of the next line of action.

Earlier, Joe Ajaero, President of the United Labour Congress, ULC, said that a tripartite committee had considered the ability of governments to pay the sum before the committee agreed on it.

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