Rivers Woman Sacked By Jonathan To Head Buhari’s Minimum Wage Committee

Ms Ama Pepple, Nigeria’s former Head of Service and Minister of Lands and Housing under Goodluck Jonathan  has been appointed to head the 30-member committee to review national minimum wage.

The Tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee would be inaugurated on Monday.

President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of members of the country to negotiate a new minimum wage.

Mr Samuel Olowookere, Deputy Director, Press, Ministry of Labour and Employment, said by its tripartite nature, the committee was made up of persons from the public and the private sectors.

“They include the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME). ‘’

He said other members of the committee are Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment (Deputy Chairman), Mr. Ayuba Wabba and Mr Bobboi Kaigama, among others would be representing the trade unions.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) will be represented by Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.

“ The Committee will be inaugurated on Monday, Nov. 27 at the Council Chambers, Sate House, Abuja.’’

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have been kicking against the present Nigeria’s national minimum wage of N18,000.

The unions are proposing N56,000 as a new minimum wage.

The N18,000 minimum wage was introduced seven years ago when by former President Goodluck Jonathan, who acted then for late President Umar Yar’Adua.

The minimum wage was an improvement on the N7,500 minimum wage that was obtainable.

Jonathan had then pleaded with the civil servants to shelve their planned five-day warning strike scheduled to commence tomorrow, and assured them that the issues in dispute would be resolved within the next three months.

He had directed then Minister of Labour, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu, to ensure that negotiations with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council achieved the desired results within the next three months.

In 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan had raised dust when he sacked the former Minister of Land and Housing, Miss Amma Pepple and 8 other ministers.
The Abubakar Baraje-led New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its reaction to the sack of nine Ministers by President Goodluck Jonathan, had said it was an exercise meant to victimize Ministers supporting the group.

He also said that,“The most pitiable case of these sacked Ministers is that of our mother, the Minister of Housing, Mrs. Amal Pepple, whose crime was that she approached Mr. President, pleading with him, even kneeling down to beg him to forgive Gov. Amaechi for whatever sins he is assumed to have committed against him.”

In a prophetic declaration, the statement said “We wish to assure these vi
Ms Ama Pepple, Nigeria’s former Head of Service, has been appointed to head the 30-member committee to review national minimum wage.

The Tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee would be inaugurated on Monday.

President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of members of the country to negotiate a new minimum wage.

Mr Samuel Olowookere, Deputy Director, Press, Ministry of Labour and Employment, said by its tripartite nature, the committee was made up of persons from the public and the private sectors.

“They include the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME). ‘’

He said other members of the committee are Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment (Deputy Chairman), Mr. Ayuba Wabba and Mr Bobboi Kaigama, among others would be representing the trade unions.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) will be represented by Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.

“ The Committee will be inaugurated on Monday, Nov. 27 at the Council Chambers, Sate House, Abuja.’’

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have been kicking against the present Nigeria’s national minimum wage of N18,000.

The unions are proposing N56,000 as a new minimum wage.

The N18,000 minimum wage was introduced seven years ago when by former President Goodluck Jonathan, who acted then for late President Umar Yar’Adua.

The minimum wage was an improvement on the N7,500 minimum wage that was obtainable.

Jonathan had then pleaded with the civil servants to shelve their planned five-day warning strike scheduled to commence tomorrow, and assured them that the issues in dispute would be resolved within the next three months.

He had directed then Minister of Labour, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu, to ensure that negotiations with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council achieved the desired results within the next three months.

In 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan had raised dust when he sacked the former Minister of Land and Housing, Miss Amma Pepple and 8 other ministers.
The Abubakar Baraje-led New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its reaction to the sack of nine Ministers by President Goodluck Jonathan, had said it was an exercise meant to victimize Ministers supporting the group.

He also said that,“The most pitiable case of these sacked Ministers is that of our mother, the Minister of Housing, Mrs. Amal Pepple, whose crime was that she approached Mr. President, pleading with him, even kneeling down to beg him to forgive Gov. Amaechi for whatever sins he is assumed to have committed against him.”

In a prophetic declaration, the statement said “We wish to assure these victimized Ministers that their travails are temporary. They have nothing to be ashamed of; their fate is in the hands of God and their future is very bright”ctimized Ministers that their travails are temporary. They have nothing to be ashamed of; their fate is in the hands of God and their future is very bright”

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