NECA supports NCS on N27,000 as new minimum wage
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), has supported the National Council of State (NCS) on its approval of N27, 000 as the new national minimum wage.
NECA, which is a member of the organised private sector, said the figures would go a long way to lighten the burden on the micro, small, and medium scale employers.
Director-General, Timothy Olawale, said that the N30, 000 wage figure hitherto demanded had been of great concern to the association.
Besides, he said, it was an aberration to have two national minimum wages, and urged the National Assembly to look into the issue.
The director general stressed that what the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage, had submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari upon conclusion of its assignment, was a recommendation, which ordinarily is not cast stone, but advisory.
He said that while it is desirable that they accept and adopt the recommendations of the committee, it is also within their right to make their own independent recommendations.
According to him, the national minimum wage process also gives the National Assembly the liberty to tinker with the figure in the interest of the nation and the citizens, of which such tinkering could be an upward review of the recommendations, which would be desirable to the workers.
He said: “It is true that both the recommendations of the tripartite committee on national minimum wage of 2000 and 2011 were accepted and passed into law by government. This, however, does not mean it is wrong for the National Council of State to come up with a different figure as their recommendations to the President as they did at the end of their meeting.
“Ordinarily, a recommendation is not cast in stone, but advisory to the President. The ILO Minimum Wage Setting Mechanism as domesticated in Nigeria permits the National Economic Council and of course, the National Council of State to take a further look at the recommendations and make their inputs to the President.”
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