- Traders in Kwara state have been advised by civil servants against inflating the prices of goods, in order to make the newly-announced minimum wage meaningful
- Civil servants noted that traders and artisans in the country always increase prices of goods and services whenever a new minimum wage is announced
- Traders have being urged not to hike the prices of their goods when manufacturers do not increase theirs
Kwara civil servants on Wednesday, January 23, advised traders in the state against inflating the prices of goods, in order to make the newly-announced minimum wage of between N27,000 and N30,000 meaningful.
The workers gave the advice in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin.
According to them, traders and artisans in the country always increase prices of goods and services whenever the government announces a new minimum wage.
Aisha Bello, who works with the state government, urged the traders not to hike the prices of their goods when the manufacturers did not increase theirs.
“It is common to start inconveniencing ourselves at the slightest opportunity; so, we are begging the traders to be merciful on the workers. If the goods are not expensive from the manufacturers, they should please leave us for God’s sake and not increase the costs," Bello said.
Toyin Adewole of the Federal Ministry of Information in the state, said it was time to reduce the workers’ sufferings.
“This is our time to enjoy the benefits of the new wage. We have suffered a great deal when the prices of goods rocketed and the salary was not increased. So, we are begging the traders to have the fear of God in them and let all of us enjoy this together," Adewole said.
Another state government worker, Taiye Ibraheem, said it was a long walk to freedom.
"The traders should not turn it into negative for us. Though we deserve better than what the organised labour agreed on, we appreciate the increase. The traders should not create another problem for us," Ibraheem said.
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On his part, Dotun Philips said that government should check the traders’ excesses by regulating the prices of goods and ensuring strict compliance.
In a previous report by Legit.ng, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) declared that it is rejecting the N27,000 as the minimum wage approved by the National Council of State on Tuesday, January 22, even though the federal government agreed on N30,000.
The rejection came in a statement to Legit.ng, hours after the National Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari approved the amount while the federal government said it would augment the one of its workers with N3,000 and that states could decide what to top theirs with.
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