The Nigerian government and the organised Labour are meeting today, Tuesday to prevent a planned nationwide mass protest by workers.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, while speaking with Journalists at the end of an inconclusive meeting on Monday, said that progress had been made and that they will know on Tuesday the definite date when the bill on a new national minimum wage will be transmitted to the National Assembly.
According to the Minister, It has been difficult to arrive at a date because there are processes to follow on the bill.
We have to go to the Federal Executive Council with a council memo on the bill after that we go to the National Economic Council and the Council of State. We can control the Federal Executive Council date, the same with NEC.
But for the National Council of State, the President has to look at his own time table and we inform past Heads of State and the Chief Justice of the federation. This can take two weeks.
But we are trying to see if we can accommodate all these meetings by next week because we cannot do Council of State Meeting again this week. Immediately after the Council of State meeting we will transmit, he said.
Speaking, NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba said that organised labour had a useful discussion with the Government.
He said that labour have consulted and had agreed to meet with the government on Tuesday to ensure that the processes for the transmission of the bill would be completed.
We will go ahead with the mass protest nationwide.
The protest is about implementation. What we are trying to see is how the bill will be transmitted to the National Assembly.
The protest is about how to get all parties committed to the issue of minimum wage, it is different from how we get this bill transmitted with timeline to the national assembly, he added.
Source: Voice of Nigeria