President Buhari Inaugurates Committee on Minimum Wage...Here's His Full Speech, Photos from the Event - Welcome to Uju Ayalogu's Blog

Breaking News

Post Top Ad

Monday, 27 November 2017

President Buhari Inaugurates Committee on Minimum Wage...Here's His Full Speech, Photos from the Event

President Buhari Inaugurates Committee on Minimum Wage...Here's His Full Speech, Photos from the Event

President Buhari with L-R: Chairman of Committee Mrs Ama Pepple, Minister of Labour Chris Ngige, Chairman National Commission on Salaries and Wages Chief Onwuka Egbule, Governor Of Imo State Rochas Okorochas, Governor of Kebbi State Atiku Bagudu, Governor of Osun State Rauf Aregbesola and Governor of Plateau State Simon Lalong as he inaugurates Committee on Tripartite National Minimum Wage in State House on 27th Nov 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the National Minimum Wage Committee saddled with the responsibility of negotiating a new National Minimum Wage for the Nigerian workers.

READ ALSO :  Kanu has jumped bail, his $800m suit purposeless – FG

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday, inaugurated a 30-member tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee for the negotiation of a new National Minimum Wage for Nigerian workers at the council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The inauguration was attended by governors and senior government officials. All Progressives Congress governors, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Simon Lalong of Plateau, who are members of the 30-member committee, attended the inauguration.

Two of their PDP colleagues, Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe, who are also members of the committee, were notably absent.

President Buhari Inaugurates Committee on Minimum Wage...Here's His Full Speech, Photos from the Event


Here's the president's full speech at the event below;

*********************
SPEECH BY MR. PRESIDENT ON THE INAUGURATION OF THE TRIPARTITE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE COMMITTEE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017 AT THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, ASO ROCK PRESIDENTIAL VILLA, ABUJA.

1. We are gathered here today to address issues concerning the welfare of the Nigerian people. Like his counterpart all over the world, the Nigerian worker is a vital element in the growth and development of modern nations.

I therefore welcome the nominees of the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee who have been selected for the very important task of renegotiating the National Minimum Wage for our workers.

2. We all know that the last Minimum Wage Instrument has expired, and it is in recognition of the need to ensure a fair and decent living wage that the Federal Government put in motion necessary mechanism so that we can today inaugurate this large committee with a big task ahead of you.

3. You are all aware that during the period following the increase in Petrol Pump Price in May 2016, a Technical Committee was established to examine and make recommendations to Government on the measures to be adopted to cushion the envisaged painful effects of the increase on workers and the Nigerian populace at large.

4. During the deliberations of the Technical Committee which comprised Government and Organized Labour, the need for the review of the National Minimum Wage was highlighted and recommendation to set up a committee to look into the level of minimum wage was made accordingly.

I am glad that the recommendation is being acted upon today and we can all acknowledge that this is in line with our democratic process. I wish to thank all those who participated in that exercise.

5. Considering the scope of the membership of this new National Minimum Wage Committee we can see that it is encompassing all stakeholders. My hope is that, the outcome of the deliberations of the Committee would be consensual and generally acceptable.

I therefore urge you to amicably consider the issue of a National Minimum Wage and all matters that are ancillary to it with thoroughness and concern not only for the welfare of our work-force but the effect on the country’s economy.

6. The subject of a National Minimum Wage for the Federation is within the Exclusive Legislative List of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). Accordingly, we should aim to go above the basic Social Protection Floor for all Nigerian workers based on the ability of each tier of Government to pay.

7. I say this because minimum wage is the minimum amount of compensation an employee must receive for putting in his or her labour and as such should be anchored on Social Justice and Equity.

8. Government’s decision after considering your final recommendation will be sent as an Executive Bill to the National Assembly for it to undergo appropriate legislative scrutiny before passage into law.

9. As is evident by the membership of the Committee, State Governors and Private Sector Employers are part of this process. This will ensure ease of implementation of a new Minimum Wage nationwide.

10. I am hopeful that the principles of full consultation with Social Partners and their direct participation would be utilized by the Committee, bearing in mind the core provisions of the International Labour Organisation Minimum Wage Fixing Convention No. 131 and Minimum Wage Fixing Machinery Convention No.26 (ratified by Nigeria).

11. Accordingly, conditions of genuine Social Dialogue should prevail in the spirit of Tripartism and Collective Bargaining Agreements. I therefore enjoin you all to collectively bargain in good faith, have mutual recognition for each other and always in a spirit of give and take.

12. The Committee is expected to complete its deliberations and submit its report and recommendations as soon as possible to enable other requisite machinery to be set in motion for implementation of a new National Minimum Wage.

I wish you fruitful deliberations and I am very happy to inaugurate this Committee.

READ ALSO :  BREAKING News: Woman Who Stabbed Her Husband While He Slept Sentenced to Seven Years in Jail

Are you an artiste? Do you want your music to go viral and reach a large number of audience? Promote your music and Submit your story  on Ujuayalogusblog.com by clicking here. For Advert Inquiries Tel/+44(0)7590363984 Subscribe to Ujuayalogusblog.com News!

For More:  Visit Us at Uju Ayalogu's Blog

Share This

No comments:

Post a Comment

Post Bottom Ad

Pages