NECA seeks compromise to end minimum wage disagreement

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Mr Timothy Olawale

The Nigerian Employers Consultative Association on Thursday called for a compromise among affected parties as a possible solution to the delay in the payment of the N30,000 national minimum wage.

NECA’s Director-General, Mr Timothy Adewale, led members to a meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, the NECA DG said a possible solution was in “give-and-take” disposition by the parties.

He explained, “What we have advised is that in negotiation, the principle of give-and-take is important.

“You can arrive at a win-win situation and that is what we have been urging the two parties to do in the interest of workers.”

Adewale also noted that about 80 per cent of private organisations already paid workers above N30,000.

On issues discussed with Osinbajo, he said too much regulation of the business environment was on the agenda, adding that government regulatory agencies also worked at cross purposes.

He said the visit was to let the VP know the feelings out there, since it was not always possible to have access to the VP to table such matters.

The body called for the setting up of a clearing desk at the VP’s office where some of the concerns could be quickly attended to.

He added, “What we are saying is that we may not have access to the office of the Vice President every now and then to escalate issues for his attention.

“And while also we do not want to be running to the court to seek relief because of the issue of non-accessibility of some of the chief executives of some these regulatory bodies, we want a situation where there is a clearing desk at the office of the Vice President, where we can escalate these issues and they are resolved amicably in the interest of national development and national economy.”

However, the VP’s office, in a statement after the meeting ended, said Osinbajo assured NECA that the Federal Government would continue to support business operations in the country by introducing friendlier polices.