FG assures NYSC members of at least N30, 000 as monthly allowance when minimum wage is implemented

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In what seem to be confusion amongst corps members, the Federal Government has confirmed that members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC will receive at least N30,000 as monthly allowance due to the signing of the new national minimum wage.


BlackBox Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill last month to increase the national minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000 after months of negotiations with labour unions and state governments.



While speaking at a press conference yesterday, Thursday, May 16, 2019, the Minister of Finance, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, said corps members will now be paid the minimum wage, at least.


She said,

“Apart from the increase of the minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000, there is also a consequential adjustment that we have to negotiate with the labour unions.



“The total implication of that would be worked out only after the negotiations and that would involve determining how much increase every other employees above the minimum wage would get.



“It could be a flat amount or a proportion, but the other aspect that is clear is that there would be an increase for the National Youth Service Corps as well because, by the Act, they should earn at least the minimum wage and the NYSC also has to increase to that N30,000.”



The minister said negotiations will first have to be concluded with labour unions before details of final payments will be made public.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.


While speaking earlier this week, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, evaded directly answering a question about when government would start payment of the new minimum wage even though President Buhari said last month that it was to take immediate effect.



Ngige said there were still processes and procedures the new wage would undergo before the commencement of its implementation, but that arrears would be paid any time implementation begins.

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