Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige who was interviewed in Abuja this weekend states that payment of new minimum wage took effect April 18, when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Minimum Wage Amendment Act Bill into law.
The Minister said that it had become imperative that all employers of labour in the country should abide by the national law, and that a committee was working out a new template for upward consequential adjustment for those already earning above N30,000.
He also described the negotiation for a new minimum wage intricate and as such,he advised employers of labour especially those who have not started implementation of the new national law to do so in order to avoid accumulating arrears.
He said, “It is a national law and no governor can say he will not pay. Issue of national minimum wage is item 34 on the exclusive legislative list of the third schedule of the Nigerian constitution.