Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has promised Nigerian workers that there will be a general pay rise next year.
Dr. Ngige made this disclosure in Awka, the Anambra State capital, during an interactive session with journalists on Tuesday.
He explained that the various committees handling the minimum wage issue would soon come up with a solution
“Minimum wage is a constitutional issue and is in the exclusive list. The Nigerian workers are entitled to a review of their pay under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“The various committees handling this matter are all working hard to realise the objective. Some are at the final stages of their work.”
The former Anambra Governor also noted that the minimum wage would be enforceable by workers in both private and public sectors.
This comes against a back drop of rising inflation which has seen the cost of living rise by over 40% and the standard of living drop across the Nation.
The year 2016 has seen an exponential rise in the prices of food items and staple commodities with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) clamoring for an upward review of the existing salary structure.
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