By Chesa Chesa
The Federal Government has confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari would soon review and announce a decision on the report of the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage, that was submitted to him on Tuesday.
The Amal Pepple-led Committee had in the report submitted recommended N30,000 as the new minimum wage to match the demand of the organized labour, and the President hinted that a review of the report by the Executive arm of government was imminent before it is forwarded to the National Assembly for passage.
Asked to clarify the position of government on the confusion that trailed Buhari’s receipt of he document, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed told State House correspondents that the president would actually study the recommendation and get back to the Tripartite Committee.
Responding to journalists’ questions after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Buhari in Abuja, the Minister said “I think it was a recommendation. Mr. President will consider it and will make his views known in due course.”
When pressed further, he added: “I said a recommendation was submitted. Mr. President will get back to the committee after he has studied the recommendation.”
On whether the revenue sharing formula might be reviewed if the new minimum wage is approved to enable the states to pay, Mohammed insisted that “like I said, a recommendation has been made and in responding to the recommendation, all these views will be taken into consideration”.