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Subsidy Removal: FG, Labour Establish Minimum Wage Committee

According to Alake, Monday’s engagement involved the establishment of a steering committee that would receive reports from various sub-committees focusing on different aspects of the demands put forth by organized labour.

By Johnson Atoukudu:

The Federal Government announced on Monday that it had established a steering committee to review the various demands put forth by organized labor after the elimination of fuel subsidies. The disclosure was made separately by Dele Alake, the Special Adviser to the President on Communications, Special Duties and Strategy, as well as the Presidents of the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Unions of Nigeria, Joe Ajaero and Festus Osifo, respectively, during briefings with journalists at the State House in Abuja.

This meeting marked the fourth in a series of negotiations between the Federal Government and organized labor since the discontinuation of petroleum subsidies, which was announced by President Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023. During the previous meeting on June 5, 2023, the government and the two labour unions agreed to continue discussions and reach resolutions.

According to Alake, Monday’s engagement involved the establishment of a steering committee that would receive reports from various sub-committees focusing on different aspects of the demands put forth by organized labour. Alake stated that both parties reviewed the list of demands and identified viable ones, which were categorized as immediate (low-hanging fruit), medium-term, and long-term. He further explained that the steering committee would serve as a clearing house.

Osifo, the President of the Trade Unions of Nigeria, mentioned that the government presented their proposed solutions, and labour unions provided input. He emphasized that the work would continue to develop a framework and reach an agreement. The goal was to conclude everything within eight weeks and ensure that all aspects were implemented within that timeframe. Osifo clarified that the presidential steering committee would oversee technical subcommittees responsible for examining crucial aspects of the discussions, such as the introduction of mass transit vehicles running on Compressed Natural Gas and the review of the minimum wage.

Ajaero, the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, stated that the purpose of the meeting was to give effect to the previous agreements reached. Committees were established in key areas to begin working on them, with the aim of concluding everything within the next eight weeks.

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