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Goni Aji to head National Minimum Wage Committee


The Federal Government will on Tuesday inaugurate a 37-man Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage to be headed by Goni Aji, a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

The Committee has a mandate to recommend a new National Minimum Wage for the country, for implementation with effect from April, this year.

Segun Imohiosen, the director, information, office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, in a statement on Sunday, said the planned inauguration of the Committee follows the approval of President Bola Tinubu.

The inauguration is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, January39, 2024 by 12:00 noon, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, State House, Abuja.

The Committee under the Chairmanship of Goni Aji, former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, has membership that cuts across Federal and State Governments, Private Sector and the Organised Labour.

From the Federal Government, the members include Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Minister of State, Labour and Employment (Representing Minister of Labour and Employment); Wale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy; Atiku Bagudu, Minister of Budget Economic Planning; Yemi Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation; Nnamdi Mbaeri, Permanent Secretary, GSO. OSGF and Ekpo Nta, Chairman/CEO, National Salaries and Wages Commission NSIWC, who will act as Member/Secretary to the committee

State Governments have Mohammed Bago, Governor, Niger State- representative from North Central; Bala Mohammed, Governor Bauchi State- representative from North East; Dikko Radda, Governor Katsina State- representative from North West; Charles Soludo, Governor, Anambra State- representative from the South East; Ademola Adeleke, Governor, Osun State- representative from South West and Bassey Edet, Governor, Cross River State- representative from South West.

From the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA)- Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, Director-General, NECA; Chuma Nwankwo; Thompson Akpabio , as well as members from the Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), to be represented by Michael Olawale-Cole, National President; Ahmed Rabiu, National Vice President and Humphrey Ngonadi (NPOM), National Life President.

The National Association of Small and Medium Enterprise (NASME) will be represented by Abdulrashid Yerima, President and Chairman of Council; Theophilus Okwuchukwu, Private Sector representative and Muhammed Bello, Zonal Vice President, North West

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) will be represented by Grace Omo-Lamai, Human Resource Director, Nigerian Breweries; Segun Ajayi-Kadir, Director-General, MAN and Ada Chukwudozie, Managing Director, Dozzy Oil and Gas Limited.

The statement said the organised labour has Joe Ajaero, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Emmanuel Ugboaja, Prince Adeyanju Adewale; Ambali Olatunji; Benjamin Anthony and Theophilius Ndukuba.

Also, membership from the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) also include Festus Osifo, President, TUC; Tommy Etim Okon, Deputy President I, TUC; Kayode Alakija, Deputy President II; Jimoh Oyibo, Deputy President. III; Nuhu Toro, Secretary-General and Hafusatu Shuaib, Chairperson Women Committee

The statement advised members to be early to process their clearance at the Security Gate and should be seated at the Council Chamber by 11.30 am. In addition, a shuttle bus will be available at the Pilot Gate to convey members to the venue.

“In addition, members of the Committee are to contact the Head of the Secretariat, Chiadi Adighiogu, Director (Compensation) in the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission for information”, ahead of their inauguration