President Buhari inaugurates technical committee on new minimum wage.

President Muhammadu Buhari today at the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council(FEC) held at the State House, inaugurated the technical committee which will work towards the implementation of a new minimum wage for workers.

The technical committee is chaired by the Managing Director & CEO of Financial Derivatives, Mr Bismarck Rewane, an economist. With other members drawn from the private sector which include former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, Professor Akpan Ekpo, Ayo Teriba and Suleiman Barry.

Other members of the committee drawn from the public sector include, Babatunde Fowler, Chairman FIRS, Director-General of Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, as committee secretary, representative of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Richard Egbule, Chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Didi Walson -Jack, Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Olusegun Adekunle, Permanent Secretary General Service Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

The committee also includes Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, office of the Vice President, Adeyemi Dipeolu, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Economic Policy Joseph Nnanna, Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, Director General Debt Management Officer, Patience Oniaga, Director General National Institute of Social and Economic Research, Folarin Gbadebo-Smith, Statistician General of the Federation, National Bureau of Statistics, Yemi Kale, Aisha Hamad, Mamman Garba, Tunde, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Olajide Odewale, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Ibukun Odusote and Solicitor General Of the Federation and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata.

The Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC), its affiliate unions and other Labour unions helds rallies simultaneously nationwide yesterday, promising to embark on an industrial action if the federal government fails to send the new minimum wage bill to the National Assembly. While some state governors have consistently said they cannot afford to pay the new minimum wage of 30,000 Naira, others have signified their readiness to comply with labour’s demands as soon as it’s signed in to law.

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