Tinubu Administration Aims for Minimum Wage Doubling, Says Special Adviser Ajuri Ngelale

In a recent interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Ajuri Ngelale, the special adviser on media and publicity to President Bola Tinubu, shared insights into the administration’s efforts to cushion the effects of subsidy removal and its plans for the new minimum wage implementation.

While discussing the impending changes in the minimum wage, Ngelale expressed the administration’s ambition for a significant increase. He stated, “The president will want nothing less than a doubling of the current minimum wage.”

Ngelale refrained from preempting the work of the minimum wage committee responsible for finalizing the details across various states, but he emphasized the administration’s commitment to improving the livelihood of workers.

He further highlighted the financial capacity of states, revealing that as of June, 36 states had received N300 billion more than any previous month in the last two years, indicating an improved financial situation. This enhanced financial standing provides states with the means to support the implementation of the new minimum wage.

Addressing the cost of essential commodities, Ngelale explained that the federal government is actively working to reduce the prices of food and energy. The administration is supporting transport companies and introducing agricultural interventions to alleviate financial burdens for the people.

Moreover, the government is focusing on capitalizing Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to foster economic growth and create more opportunities for the workforce.

Ngelale revealed that during the last National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, all states unanimously agreed to support the implementation of the new minimum wage, signaling a collective commitment to improving the workers’ conditions.

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