Committee schedules March 7 for public hearing on minimum wage

The Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage has called for the participation of stakeholders in proposing and implementing a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

The Chairman of National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, in a statement on Friday, said the committee would hold a public hearing on March 7.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the retired Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bukar Aji, is heading the committee, inaugurated by Vice President Kashim Shettima.

The committee’s mandate is to consult all stakeholders on the issue of national minimum wage and consider the wage in the context of the dynamics of the national economy.

It is meant to also recommend a realistic and practical national minimum wage to the government, to ensure that all stakeholders are carried along in its assignment.

According to Nta, the committee has scheduled public hearings in the six geo-political zones of the country on March 7 at 10 a.m.

He said, “The venue for North-East will be Banquet Hall, Government House, Yola, Adamawa State; North-West Africa House, Government House, Kano; and South-South will be Ibom Hall, IBB Way, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

“For North-Central, it will be held at the Chida Hotel Event Centre, Plot 224, Solomon Lar Way, Utako, Abuja, while that of South East Enugu and South-West – Lagos will be announced in due time.”

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