The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, to ensure the payment of the new minimum wage on or before Tuesday, December, 31.
This was made known by the minister of labour, Chris Ngige, at the end of FEC meeting that was led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Wednesday, October 23, The Nation reports.
Ngige also said the council gave approval for the minimum wage to take effect from Thursday, April 18. During the same meeting, the minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said FEC approved N1.7 billion for procurement and installation of communication equipment for airport towers in Zaria and Katsina.
According to him, the equipment will be used to ensure safety and efficiency at the airports, adding that the completion period for the contract will be eight months.
Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) reportedly called on the federal government to pay five months arrears of the new minimum wage when the payment begins this month.
The labour union which was part of the organised labour which negotiated the full implementation of the new minimum wage across all levels said it wants minimum wage payment to be backdated to April 18 when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage bill into law.
This was revealed in a statement by the acting chairman of the union, Anchaver Simon, and the secretary, Alade Lawal.
The union added that it will take action against any organisation that fails to pays below the new minimum wage structure.