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Labour refires minimum wage talks to get Results in time for Christmas Chicken

Despite the delay in negotiation of consequential adjustment, the take-off date for the implementation of the new minimum wage is April 18, 2019 when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill into law, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has promised.

Speaking ahead of resumption of discussion today in Abuja, the minister hinted that government desires to end negotiation on the consequential adjustment before the end of next month to allow for smooth implementation of the new pay.

Let us do everything we are doing quickly before the end of November so that people will enjoy this money effective from April,” he said.

The minister also disclosed that he now takes a neutral position in the conciliation between the Federal Government and organised labour, stating that he was for all Nigerians.

He submitted that today’s meeting was likely to be a make or mar parley, saying: “Tomorrow’s (today) meeting is a mix grill. It could be one hour, two hours or can be 12 hours depending on what we are able to achieve today (yesterday). Therefore, I want to appeal to everybody to show some understanding. We are going to discuss dispassionately, and nothing would be hidden from anybody. I have advised government side to come prepared and be ready to present their case meaningfully.”

Let us do everything we are doing quickly before the end of November so that people will enjoy this money effective from April,” he said.

The minister also disclosed that he now takes a neutral position in the conciliation between the Federal Government and organised labour, stating that he was for all Nigerians.

He submitted that today’s meeting was likely to be a make or mar parley, saying: “Tomorrow’s (today) meeting is a mix grill. It could be one hour, two hours or can be 12 hours depending on what we are able to achieve today (yesterday). Therefore, I want to appeal to everybody to show some understanding. We are going to discuss dispassionately, and nothing would be hidden from anybody. I have advised government side to come prepared and be ready to present their case meaningfully.”