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Nigerian Government holds public hearings on Minimum Wage across geo-political zones

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*The Federal Ministry of Finance assures the stakeholders the public hearings will ensure ‘a fair, sustainable national minimum wage, reflective of our economic realities and aspirations’ in the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has said it is set to hold Public Hearings to review the National Minimum Wage across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

Mrs. Helen Chukwu, Head of Press and Public Relations at the Federal Ministry of Finance, who disclosed this in a statement issued Monday, March 4, 2024, in Abuja, FCT, indicated that the series would commence in the South-West region.

The statement noted Mr. Wale Ẹdun, Honourable Minister for Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, would chair the public hearing session  slated to hold Thursday, in Lagos.

Chukwu stated that other hearings have been scheduled to take place in the North-East (Yola), North-West (Kano), North-Central (Abuja), South-South (Uyo) and South-East (Enugu).

“These sessions aim to gather insights and recommendations to inform a fair and sustainable minimum wage policy, reflecting the engagement and contributions from various stakeholders in the region,” she noted in the statement.

According to the Head of Press and Public Relations, while in Lagos, Mr. Edun would be joined by Governor Adeleke Ademola of Osun State, representing state government interests; Omo-Lamai Grace from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Muhammed Nura from the Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, voicing employers’ perspectives.

Similarly, from the organised labour would be Adeyanju Adewale (NLC) and Shuaibu Afusatu (TUC), alongside the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Onyejeocha Nkeiruka.

Mrs. Chukwu further stated, that the hearings would ensure “a fair, sustainable national minimum wage, reflective of our economic realities and aspirations.”

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