N30, 000 minimum wage: FG speaks after meeting with labour, gives reasons for delay in transmitting bill to NASS

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has provided update on the Federal Government's meeting with the organized labour.

Ngige led the government delegation to the meeting with labour in Abuja, yesterday.

Labour had after the meeting declared that its national protest will hold on Tuesday over FG's delay in transmitting the new minimum wage bill to the National Assembly.

Ngige, who spoke with journalists immediately after the meeting, said that the FG was making effort to speed up the process of transmitting the bill despite the challenge of time.
He said, "We have made progress and tomorrow (Tuesday), we will know the definite date when the bill will be transmitted to the National Assembly.

"It has been difficult to arrive at a date because there are processes to follow on the bill.

"We have to go to the Federal Executive Council with a council memo on the bill. After that, we will go to the National Economic Council and the Council of State.

"We can control the Federal Executive Council date, the same with NEC, but for the National Council of State, the President has to look at his own timetable and we inform past heads of state and justice of the federation.

"This can take two weeks but we are trying to see if we can accommodate all these meetings by next week because we cannot do Council of State meeting again this week. Immediately after that meeting (Council of State), we will transmit."

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