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ABUJA – Nigeria’s organized labour yesterday suspended its planned industrial action earlier slated for today, (Tuesday) just as a new national minimum wage was pegged at N30,000 by the Tripartite Committee set up by the Federal Government.

“Agreements have been reached and documents have been signed. Organized labour will want to use this medium to thank all the tripartite partners for their understanding. Organized labour also decided that the proposed strike action is hereby suspended and we hope that this will be communicated appropriately without any dilution”, said Ayuba Wabba at the end of the tripartite meeting Monday night. Both labour and government officials however declined to give the figure that was arrived at, saying President Muhammadu Buhari would announce the new figure when he receives the committee’s report.
On his part, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha thanked the committee for doing a wonderful job on working on the processes of introducing a new national minimum wage for Nigerians. He said the report of the committee would be submitted to the president Tuesday evening. “The president has graciously accepted to receive the report tomorrow. I want to put on record the gratitude of the president and Nigerians to members of this committee for putting national interests over and above the constituencies that they represent”, he said adding that government will expedite action on implementation of the report. Chairperson of the committee and former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Ms Ama Pepple also thanked members of the committee for their dedication to duty and specifically thanked the Kebbi state Governor,

Atiku Bagudu for personally attending nearly all meetings of the committee. Part of the report to be presented to the president which was sighted by Vanguard last night reads:
“Based on the analysis and consideration of available materials, the indicative figure of Thirty-Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty Eight Naira Thirty-Seven Kobo (N37, 768.37) was suggested as the mean/average by the Sub Committee on Recommendation of a New National Minimum Wage (NMW) for the consideration of the plenary of the Committee. On the receipt of the Report of the Sub-Committee, Plenary considered the Report and adopted Scenario 3 as a basis for negotiations. Negotiations commenced with offers and counter offers. After prolonged negotiations, Organized Labour and Organized Private Sector (OPS) opted for N30,000 per month as the proposed new NMW considering all other factors while the Federal Government insisted on N24,000 (Twenty-Four Thousand Naira) as the new NMW; After further negotiations, a motion was moved by Amechi Asugwuni of Organised Labour and was seconded by Ahmed Ladan Gobir of Organised Private Sector for N30,000 per month as the recommended new NMW. In view of the above, the Committee kindly invites Mr. President to:

ted the motion proposing N30,000 (Thirty Thousand Naira) per month as the new NMW; and note that the Federal Government insisted on N24,000(Twenty Four Thousand Naira) per month based on the ability to pay.

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