By Anthony Ogbonna
The federal government is currently in a closed-door meeting with the National Tripartite Minimum Wage Committee members over the demand by labour union for a minimum wage increase from N18,000 naira to N30,000 naira.
This is coming just hours after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) declared an indefinite nationwide industrial action over what it described as poor funding.
Followed a meeting of leaders of the union on Sunday at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, the Ondo State capital, ASUU National President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, had said that the union took the decision due to the poor funding of universities.
However, leaders of the organised labour had failed to attend the meeting convened by the Federal Government to continue negotiations on the national minimum wage for workers in the country. The labour union insisted that its members would also commence on strike tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the government continued the earlier on scheduled dialogue with the organised private sector at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, on Sunday in Abuja.
Following the appeal by Dr. Ngige for all stakeholders to attend today’s meeting for the interest of the nation, members of the committee are currently in the meeting at the SGF’s office alongside federal government’s delegates.
The meeting is expected to find a solution to the minimum wage impasse.