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Backlog of salary arrears stalls payment of minimum wage, FG says

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Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

The Federal Government may not be considering the demand by Nigerian workers for an upward review of the current minimum wage of N18,000, as the government has said it lacked the fund to clear the backlog of salaries and allowances.

The National Assembly, on Monday, met with the Federal Government and Nigerian workers over accumulated arrears of salaries and allowances. The government however stated that it did not have the fund to clear the arrears “for now.”

The leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Federal Government, on Monday, held a marathon meeting with the legislature, after which they could not arrive at a mutually acceptable solution.

The meeting was adjourned to Tuesday.

Present at the meeting were President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige; Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan; Chairman, Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity, Senator Suleiman Nazif; and Director General, Budget Office, Ben Akabueze; National President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Aliyu Wabba, among others.

Adeosun and Akabueze declined to speak to journalists after the meeting.

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