Contrary to media reports that President Muhammdu Buhari has endorsed the report of the Tripartite Committee which proposed N30, 000 as New Minimum Wage, the Presidency says the report is yet to be considered and adopted by the Federal Executive Council as required by law.
The Spokesman to the President, Femi Adeshina made the clarification on Thursday in a chat with newsmen in Abuja. According to him, throughout the period the Committee submitted the report, the President never mentioned nor endorsed any figure. According to him
“Throughout the report-submission ceremony, the President never mentioned any figure. What he committed himself to was a new minimum wage, and only after the report of the committee has been reviewed by the executive and legislative processes of government and an appropriate bill presented to him for assent.
“Until the proposed minimum wage has gone through the whole gamut of law-making, President Buhari, who is a stickler for due process, will not be caught in this unnecessary web of controversy, which amounts to putting the cart before the horse and hair-splitting.”
Recall that the Committee had submitted the report to the President on Tuesday, a development that forced Organized Labour to suspend its planned indefinite strike.