FG May Lay Off Staff Over New Mininum Wage – Ngige

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The Nigerian Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige says the demand by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) for the new minimum wage will lead to the sack of many workers.

Ngige disclosed this on Thursday while entertaining some of the staff of the United Labour Congress in Abuja

FG May Lay Off Staff Over New Mininum Wage - Ngige
Minister of Labour Chris Ngige

The Labour Minister said the country needs additional N580 billion to meet the newly approved wage.

He warned that the Federal Government may lay off staff to meet the new demand.

Ngige said workers on grade level 1 to 6 have started enjoying the new wage.

He pleaded with his guests for understanding and accept the adjustment made from level 7 to 17.

The Minister revealed that the Federal Government had just three months to implement the new wage.

The Federal government and the NLC are currently in a battle as the former threatened to embark on a nationwide strike in October if the deliberation on the new minimum wage‘s adjustment does not resume.


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