After all meetings and nationwide strikes, the minimum wage has finally been approved by the federal government. With the successful and positive completion of all negotiations for the new minimum wage and all the consequential adjustments that have been done, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has ordered that payments of the minimum wage must take effect immediately and be completed by the 31st of December 2019.
A legal document to this effect is also said to be set to all states to guide possible negotiations and due implementation. Dr Chris Ngige who is the Minister of Labour and Employment, joyfully announced and made it known when he briefed the members of the State House correspondents on the outcome of the Councils meeting which was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 after several months of deliberations.
Dr Chris Ngige made it known that the Council has also approved the payment of all outstanding financial implications that might come with the consequential adjustments as it is to be worked out by the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, which will begin from April 18th 2019.
The Federal Executive Council was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and he also approved of the minimum wage. This news has put smiles on the faces of all government workers as this new development has been long expected. It was also said that the minimum wage should also be approved to all serving and intending corpers.