BREAKING: National Council of State approves N27,000 As New Minimum Wage

Twenty-seven thousand naira (N27,000) has been approved as the new national minimum wage  for the country by the National Council of State.

The amount was approved on Tuesday at its meeting in Abuja presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting which started at 11.a.m prompt at the Council Chamber comprises of past Presidents and Heads of State, Chief Justices of Nigeria (CJN), the leadership of the National Assembly, state governors among others.

Those at the meeting on Tuesday included former Head of Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Goodluck Jonathan.

On his arrival at the Council chamber, Buhari went round to have a handshake with some of the past leaders including Obasanjo.

Obasanjo also offered the opening Christian prayer while Mohammed Uwais said the Muslim prayer.

One minute silence was observed in honour of former President Shehu Shagari, and late CJNs Aloysius Katsina Alu and Idris Kutigi

Former Heads of State Yakubu Gowon, Ibrahim Babangida and former CJN Mariam Muktar sent apologises for their absence at the meeting.

Others at the meeting on Tuesday include the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former CJN Mohammed Uwais.

State governors at the meeting included Osun, Kebbi, Zamfara Plateau, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Edo, Lagos, Niger, Borno, Ogun, Ekiti, and Kogi.

Representing their respective governors are the deputy governors of Bauchi Deputy, Kaduna Deputy, and Rivers Deputy,

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello and Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.

You will recall that labour unions have been at logger heads with the federal government over its insistence that the N18, 000 minimum wage has to be reviewed upward.

Also, recall that the Tripartite Committee had recommend N30,000 as the new minimum wage to the Federal Government.

This resultant face-off has resulted into protests with labour threatening to go on strike anytime soon if its demand is not met.

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