Minimum wage: Osinbajo chairs crucial meeting Tuesday

The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led Economic Management Team (EMT) is scheduled to meet on Tuesday on the minimum wage issue.

Labour Minister Chris Ngige and the Chairman of the Negotiation Committee, Ms Amma Pepple, yesterday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on how far the committee had gone with its assignment.

Ngige told State House correspondents at the end of the briefing that the Tuesday meeting was “specially dedicated to the issue of national minimum wage.”

He added: “For anybody to say that this government is stalling or playing games will be uncharitable, because we have done what we are supposed to do.

“We have the interest of workers at heart. We have not retrenched anybody.

“There is no embargo on employment. There is no embargo on promotions.

“We are paying backlog of promotional arrears; we are backing the backlog of transfers and repatriation and the rest of them and we are giving them houses under FISH and the rest of them.

“So, this government is a labour-friendly government and we must put smiles on their faces before the next election.

“We are labour activists; we don’t want to turn our backs on them.”

Pepple, a former Head of Service of the Federation, said the committee would submit its report before the end of this month.

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