At the first council of states meeting since February 2018, the National council of states today approved 27,000 Naira as new national minimum wage. Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige stated that the least worker in the federal civil service would earn 30,000 while state governments and the private sector are free to fix their pay but not less than 27,000. Also present at the meeting were Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
However the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC) has rejected the new minimum wage of 27,000 arguing that the National council of states has no right to fix a new minimum after the NLC had agreed on 30,000 with the federal government. Speaking to journalists the General Secretary of the NLC, Peter Ozo-Ezon said the NLC will call a executive meeting on friday to decide the way forward, adding that labour does not intend to shut down the country but what ever happens labour should not be blamed. He accused the government of deliberately trying to delay the implementation of the new national minimum wage.