President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, to take swift action on negotiation with the organised labour on the new N30,000 minimum wage consequential adjustment.

Africa News24 (an24) reports that President Buhari gave the directive on Friday, September 27 at the 2019 Nigeria Civil Service Week celebration dinner and award night held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The President, who was being represented at the occasion by the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Dr Tukur Ngawa, said there was the urgent need to conclude the negotiation to allow for the full implementation of the New Minimum Wage Act which was recently signed into law.

In his address read by Ngawa at the Nigeria Civil Service Week celebration dinner and award night, the President directed the Minister to expedite action on the negotiation with the NLC.

President Buhari: “I wish to direct the honourable Minister of Labour and Employment to expedite action on the consequential adjustment negotiation of Minimum Wage. We have also approved the constitution of the Presidential Committee on salaries and allowances for the civil servants.”

“We must, therefore, resolve to work together as a team in order to implement these policies, which among others, are targeted at creating jobs for the teeming youth population, instilling discipline and accountability and ensuring healthy growth of the economy and infrastructural development as well as the renewed commitment to fight corruption,” he said.