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FG may increase workers’ minimum wage over inflation

By Esther Kalu

The Federal Government may increase workers salaries to meet the current realities in the economy of the country over inflation.

It stated that it was very much aware that the N30,000 National Minimum Wage had depreciated as a result of the inflation.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said that the inflation has increased worldwide and it i not confined to Nigeria which is why in many jurisdiction, it is an adjustment of wages.

Ngige, speaking at the public presentation of the NLC, yesterday in Abuja, said that the Nigerian government would adjust in confirmative with what is happening in wages.

“More importantly, the 2019 National Minimum Wage Act, right now has a clause for the review, which we started then, I do not know whether it is due next year or 2024.

“But before then, the adjustment of wages will reflect what is happening in the economy,just as government has started the adjustment with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), ‘’he said.

The minister explained that the Federal Government did not take ASUU to court over the prolonged strike of the union as some people claimed.

Ngige said that he would have failed in his duties if he did not refer the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations with the union, which failed.

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