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FG, Labour Reach Agreement On Implementation Of New Minimum Wage

Pic.13. From left: Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige; Special Technical Adviser to the Minister, Mrs Chinadu Dike; and the General-Secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, during a news conference addressed by the minister on postponement of the meeting between Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU); and the Federal Government, in Abuja on Tuesday (29/8/17). /29/8/2017/Deborah Bada/BJO/NAN

An agreement has been reached by the Federal Government and organised labour on the percentage increase on the consequential adjustment in workers’ salaries as a result of the new minimum wage of N30,000.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, made this known on his Twitter handle on Thursday at the venue of the meeting.

Keyamo also said that both parties signed Terms of Settlement which reveals different percentages of adjustments in other wages after the minimum wage adjustment.


The increases as agreed is as follows: Grade level 07 -23.2%, Grade level 08 – 20%, Grade levels 09 – 19%, Grade levels 10 to 14 -16% Grade Levels 15 to 17 -14%.

He wrote: “After some delicate negotiations (with both ministers as conciliators), the government and labour have finally reached an agreement on the consequential adjustment of other wages following the implementation of the enhanced minimum wage of N30,000. We are working on the communiqué.”

“At about 3am this morning, we signed this Terms of Settlement b/w Govt & Labour which reveals different percentages of adjustments in other wages after the minimum wage adjustment. Those of the law-enforcement agencies have also been done, but are not captured in this Memorandum,” he added.

Naijaparry understands that the agreement came 182 days after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage into law.

Present at the meeting were the General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Musa Origi; NLC General Secretary, Emma Ugboaja; Chairman of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Simon Anchaver; Secretary of the council, Alade Lawal; the President, Nigeria Union of Civil Service, Amaechi Lawrence; and the union’s General Secretary, Issa Aremu.

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On the government side were the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan; acting Chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta; and the Permanent Secretary in the labour ministry, William Alo.

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