The Federal Government said on Wednesday the N30,000 minimum wage proposal contained in the report of the tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government was still a recommendation and had not been approved, The Punch reports.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke with State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council, said President Muhammadu Buhari would still study the report presented to him on Tuesday by the Chairman of the committee, Amal Pepple, before taking a decision on it.
Pepple had while presenting the report on Tuesday disclosed that the committee recommended that the national minimum wage be increased from N18,000 monthly to N30,000.
She also said her committee drafted a bill that the Federal Government would send to the National Assembly to effect the change.
A section of the media had reported that Buhari accepted the report and endorsed the recommendation of N30,000 as the new minimum wage.
Mohammed, however, said Buhari would only take a decision and make his view known after considering the report.
“I think it (N30,000) was a recommendation. Mr President will consider it and will make his views known in due course,” the minister said.
When pressed further, Mohammed said,
“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 would be reviewed if the new minimum wage was approved to enable the states to pay, the minister said:
“Once again, like I said, a recommendation has been made and in responding to the recommendation, all these views will be taken into consideration.”
The committee’s report will still be presented before the National Economic Council and the Council of State before a decision will be made.
Once a decision is taken, the Federal Government will send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly.