Minimum wage: Presidency fights back; insists Buhari never mentioned any figure

– The presidency has faulted reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has reneged on his earlier acceptance of the sum of N30,000 as the new National Minimum Wage

– Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, insists that Buhari never mentioned any figure when the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee submitted its report

– He said the president will not be caught in the unnecessary web of controversy

Concerns have been raised by the presidency, over reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari has reneged on his earlier acceptance of the sum of N30,000 as the new National Minimum Wage which was recommended by the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee.

According to Femi Adesina, spokesman to the president, the reports were contrary to what actually happened when the committee submitted its report to the president on Tuesday, November 6, Daily Trust reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that Adesina insisted that Buhari never mentioned any figure throughout the report-submission ceremony.

He said: “What he committed himself to was a new minimum wage, and only after the report of the committee has been reviewed by the executive and legislative processes of government and an appropriate bill presented to him for assent.

“Until the proposed minimum wage has gone through the whole gamut of law-making, President Buhari, who is a stickler for due process, will not be caught in this unnecessary web of controversy, which amounts to putting the cart before the horse and hair-splitting.

“As for those who have latched onto the concocted controversy to play cheap politics, we appeal to them to remember that elections are not won through loquaciousness, and trying to demean the president at every drop of a hat.

“But then, it is not surprising, as they have nothing else to sell to Nigerians, if they don’t ride on the name of the president. Stiff judgment awaits them at the polls.”

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the presidency allegedly frowned at what it called a misinterpretation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s remarks when he received the report of the tripartite committee on the review of the national minimum wage from the chairman, Ama Pepple, on Tuesday, November 6.

A presidential source who preferred not to be named, said the president did not endorse N30,000 as proposed by the committee as being reported by some sections of the media.

The source, however, reportedly stated that President Buhari had expressed his commitment to ensuring the implementation of a new national minimum wage.

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Updated: November 9, 2018 — 5:56 am

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