Labour reacts as FG denies approving N30,000 minimum wage

The Federal Government said on Wednesday the N30,000 minimum wage proposal contained in the report of the tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government was still a recommendation and had not been approved, The Punch reports.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke with State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council, said President Muhammadu Buhari would still study the report presented to him on Tuesday by the Chairman of the committee, Amal Pepple, before taking a decision on it.

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Labour reacts as FG denies approving N30,000 minimum wage

Pepple had while presenting the report on Tuesday disclosed that the committee recommended that the national minimum wage be increased from N18,000 monthly to N30,000.

She also said her committee drafted a bill that the Federal Government would send to the National Assembly to effect the change.

A section of the media had reported that Buhari accepted the report and endorsed the recommendation of N30,000 as the new minimum wage.

Mohammed, however, said Buhari would only take a decision and make his view known after considering the report.

“I think it (N30,000) was a recommendation. Mr President will consider it and will make his views known in due course,” the minister said.

When pressed further, Mohammed said,

“I said a recommendation was submitted. Mr President will get back to the committee after he has studied the recommendation.”

On whether the revenue-sharing formula would be reviewed if the new minimum wage was approved to enable the states to pay, the minister said:

“Once again, like I said, a recommendation has been made and in responding to the recommendation, all these views will be taken into consideration.”

The committee’s report will still be presented before the National Economic Council and the Council of State before a decision will be made.

Once a decision is taken, the Federal Government will send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly.

It’s N30, 000 or strike, labour declares

Meanwhile, Organised Labour has threatened to go on strike if the Federal Government fails to approve and implement the N30,000 minimum wage recommended by the tripartite committee.

The General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Mr Musa Lawal, said this while reacting to comments by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, that the report of the tripartite committee was a mere recommendation.

Lawal said Organised Labour decided to shelve its planned strike because the government had expressed the willingness to accept the report of the tripartite committee.

He warned that anything short of the full implementation of the report would be met with stiff opposition.

The TUC general secretary said,

“They can say anything they want to say. Why were they panicky before? Why did they agree to the N30, 000? They can call it a mere recommendation or whatever they want to call it but the important thing is that at the end of the day, if we do not get the N30,000, they know what we will do.”

Attempts to speak with the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, proved abortive as he did not respond to telephone calls on Wednesday.



  1. Imagine just 30,000 meanwhile a senators salary is can take of the 6th generations of each Nigerians

  2. I said a recommendation was submitted. Mr President will get back to the committee after he has studied the recommendation. What is s really happening, 30k is okay now l don’t want the strike.

  3. The labour is really trying in this. Our FG are just heartless people, see the way they are just stressing this issue, cut down there salaries and see how they will react

  4. Nigeria politics is something else…. They are there sharing millions among themselves but they can’t pay the people that create the wealth common #30, 000

  5. hahaha…be like say government don play labour 419, or like i said before, its possible that those labour representatives that went for that night meeting with government reps were made overnight millionaires, so they came out to tell us they’ve reached an agreement. this government cannot be trusted for any reason. so what is the next step now for labour? cos as it stands, be like say they’re on their own o

  6. Our leaders really think we are fools and dumb at the same time…they should keep playing hide and seek
    Its nlc I blame for suspending the strike

  7. Please let the FG agree to pay this money because this is just a chicken change compared to what they are earning monthly.

  8. Why won’t they approve it? All this people they are owing they are happy abi. Let them settle the poor masses haba

  9. If they don’t approve the #30000 then you guys should go back to the strike until they are ready to meet the demands

  10. Why are they wasting time in coming to conclusion on this? But you said that you feed Shiites leader with a huge amount of money monthly, why wasting the resources that way instead of paying the workers?

  11. I don’t know what recommendation he is talking about.. Buhari government has failed!!!

  12. A misunderstanding of each other within the two body should be settled and the masses know the outcomes.

  13. Why can’t they pay the 30k? Wickeness or stinginess? That’s why they die of strange illness they can’t cure with money….selfish leaders…

  14. 30,000 naira minimum wage denied. Now, Mr president claims there’s a whole lot procedure to follow, but feeding el zakzakky with a whooping sum of 3.5million per month is seemingly easy. Nigeria government is a mess.

  15. Government should properly look into this matter so there won’t be all these problems.

  16. What is even wrong wrong nigeria self , lies everyday and everywhere , i guess it’s only liar mohammed that is lying now , labour too are lying

  17. This money is so merger yet, its a problem to sign it. But they are using #3.5m to feed someone in detention

  18. Our Labour union is corrupt, the govt is more corrupt..stories like this will keep popping up. So unfortunate!

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