26 May 2016
Much after the strike was called off by the NLC, the labour union has since then been in talks with the Federal Government on the issue on ground.
Reports gathered has it that there has been an agreement to set up a 16 man committee that will see through the issues on minimum wage and as well initiatives, to cushion the effects of fuel pump hike on workers.
The announcement by the Federal Government naming Mohammed Buba as the chairman of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and also an agreement with the labour union to set up mini wage committee met some of the demands by the NLC
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, disclosed the development after a meeting with the Ayuba Wabba-led faction of the NLC. The SGF noted that the President has approved the setting up of a minimum wage committee and the appointment of Buba.
Lawal said, “this (Wednesday) evening, I’m proud to announce that, first of all, a 16-man committee has been set up as a technical committee. It’s half from the labour side and half from the government side to discuss issues concerning the minimum wage
“The minimum wage involves almost every segment of the society, so it’s not just the Federal Government and workers alone, but all stakeholders, the local governments, the private sector. So, this technical committee will discuss the modalities on how this issue would be brought forward.
“Secondly, we have agreed that the 16-man committee will look at the issues of implementation and allocation of resources of that palliative, the half a trillion naira palliative. The committee is supposed to work and bring its report to the committee of the whole within two weeks of its inauguration.”