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The Nigeria Labour Congress has said it will bring the issue of the delay in the constitution of Minimum Wage Committee by the Federal Government to the attention of workers during the next meeting of its National Executive Committee.


The General Secretary of the NLC, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, who made the comment in a telephone conversation with our correspondent on Sunday, did not give a specific date for the next meeting of the NEC but said it would hold soon.

Ozo-Eson said the NLC had complained repeatedly that the constitution of the committee to commence the process for the negotiation for the new minimum wage for workers was being delayed without cause.

He said, “We have complained about this delay (in the constitution of the Minimum Wage Committee. We believe that the constitution of the committee and the work of the committee have been unduly delayed by the government.

“We don’t understand what they (government) are doing, they make promises but they don’t fulfill them. They tell us they are going to constitute it but they don’t constitute it, and all that it takes is for them to announce a chairman and the secretary for all the stakeholders to bring in their own members and that is all.

“We don’t constitute the committee, but where government fails to act and the facts are presented to the meeting, workers themselves will direct us on what to do and we will do it.”

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, had said on July 6, 2017 that the Federal Government would constitute the Minimum Wage Committee before the end of July.

Neither the minister nor his Media Assistant, Mr Nwachukwu Obidiwe, responded on the matter when our correspondent contacted them on Sunday to give reasons for the delay in the constitution of the Wage committee.

The minister and his aide did not pick the calls to their mobile telephone lines. They had not also responded to the text messages sent to them on the issue as of the time of filing this story by 6.50 pm on Sunday.



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