The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has promised to speed up the processes for the implementation of the new minimum wage.
He stated this on Wednesday while addressing newsmen at his residence after his inauguration as minister by President Muhammadu Buhari. He assured that he had always been a man of his words, stressing that it was time for workers to smile again.
“I will follow due process to put smiles on the faces of Nigerian workers. The issue of consequential adjustments in the minimum wage is currently being handled by the permanent secretary in my ministry and he has made some progress.
“By tomorrow (Thursday), we will get the notes from him. The minister of state and I will know how to key in. The most important thing is that we want to make sure that the matter is addressed as quickly as possible so that we can put smiles on the faces of Nigerian workers.”
He pledged to resolve all impending disputes in the sector, saying that his track record had reflected in his efforts in the last three and a half years.
”I don’t know what I will do differently. I am a man of due process. If you are also a man of due process, you will be my friend. Do things the way they should be done, and not abnormally.
“I put in all my energy in whatever assignment I am given and I have been doing that in the ministry of labour in the last three and a half years. I remain committed to working with labour unions. The Nigeria Labour Congress is a federation of some labour unions. We also have the Trade Union Congress and the United Labour Congress which, though, has not been officially registered,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that there was a face-off between the minister and NLC over the constitution of the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), shortly before Ngige exited the ministry in May. Also, the issue of payment of the already approved minimum wage is yet to be resolved.