The federal government has attributed delay in the implementation of the “consequential adjustment” of the N30,000 new minimum wage to the unrealistic demands of labour unions.
The chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Richard Egbule, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, August 12.
Egbule explained that the current demand of the labour unions would raise the total wage bill too high and that was why government could not accept their proposed salary adjustments.
“Labour is asking for consequential adjustment and government in its wisdom had made budgetary provision for an adjustment of N10, 000 across board for those already earning above N30, 000 per month.
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“However, the unions have refused this offer, saying that because the increase in minimum wage from 18,000 to N30, 000 was 66%, therefore they want 66% increment across board.
“We told them that the minimum wage was not raised from N18,000 to N30,000 through percentage increase but as a result of consideration of economic factors including ability to pay,” he said.
He further explained how the delay came about, giving clearer details on the conflicts in the percentage adjustment.
“However, we said that if they want consequential adjustments in percentage terms, we will use a percentage that when applied will not exceed what has been provided for in the budget.
“The computation based on percentage which government had given to labour, was 9.5% from level 7 to 14 including level 1-6 of those salary structures that did not benefit from the minimum wage.
“And then five percent from level 15 to 17. Labour countered the offer and proposed 30 per cent increase for level 7 to 14 and 25% for level 15 to 17.
“One point we keep repeating is, it will be unfair that because you gave the person earning minimum wage N12, 000, you give a level 17 officer almost N100, 000 if you apply 25 percent,’’ he said.
Egbule said that at the last meeting between the Federal Government and the labour unions, the government proposed a 10% increment for level seven to 14 and a 5.5% increase for level 15 to 17.
He advised labour to come to a compromise because government had so far been magnanimous in agreeing to increase salaries without any threat of downsizing.
“Labour is currently stretching out and eating up the time that people could have used in benefiting from the adjustment because the new minimum wage was implemented since April.
“My advice is for labour to accept the terms for now and prepare to fight for the harmonization of salaries that is coming up. Harmonization of salaries will take care of this issue.
“The committee has already been formed and awaiting inauguration. I want them (labour) to know this and liberate us from this unnecessary log jam,” he said.
Egbule reiterated the commission’s commitment to giving sound advice to the government on the portion of national income that should be devoted to the payment of salaries and wages.
228 inmates escape as flood overflows prison, 100 rearrested in Kogi
At least 228 inmates of the Koton Karfe custodial centre (formerly known as prison) in Kogi reportedly escaped after it collapsed following heavy flooding that resulted from a torrential rain.
We understand that the development was confirmed by the comptroller general of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Jafar Ahmed.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ahmed spoke with newsmen in Koton Kafe on Monday, October 28, saying that the flood happened at 3am.
According to him, the facility’s perimetre fence was submerged affecting the walls of two of the cells.
Ahmed, who noted that there were 228 inmates at the facility when the incident happened, added that the prison was not habitable after the flood.
Some of the inmates re-arrested are, therefore, being transferred to other prison facilities in the state.
On his part, a security adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello, retired Commodore Jerry Omadara, said at least 100 inmates had been re-arrested.
He, however, noted that some of the inmates returned on their own while some others reported themselves at police stations close to the centre.
Some of the escaping inmates were arrested by the combined team of policemen, army, navy and civil defence corps, he said.
Zlatan lists out the menial jobs he did like being a bricklayer before making it big in music
Controversial street pop act, Zlatan has revealed some of the menial jobs he did before he became a super star.
Sharing a photo of his first car which he won from a talent hunt at the age of 19, Zlatan wrote, ‘before I won this car, I do bricklayer, cut grass for people land to lay foundation, I work for cold-room for ikorodu isawo! 10k per month! I do too many many. But I thank God for my life today’.