- Some civil servants in Abuja praise the senate for proving the N30,000 minimum wage after several negotiations between labour and the federal government
- David Samuel, a staff of the ministry of Information, says the issue of minimum wage was long overdue but it was better late than never
- Samuel notes that the implementation of the bill would reduce the suffering of civil servants across the country
A cross section of civil servants in the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday, March 20, in Abuja lauded the Senate for approving the N30,000 minimum wage.
Moses Oga, a civil servant praised the senate for taking the bold step after several negotiations between labour and the federal government, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said the new development was good for the Nigerians workers, adding that it would enhance economic development in the country.
David Samuel, a staff of the Ministry of Information, said the issue of minimum wage was long overdue but it was better late than never.
He added that the implementation of the bill would reduce the suffering of civil servants across the country.
Amos Thomas, a civil servant with the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, said civil servants deserved more than the minimum wage but the N30,000 was a way to begin.
He however expressed hope that when the implementation commenced the country’s economy would have improved to reduce the stress on the new wage.
Ruth Dada, another civil servant with the Ministry of Health, said that the resolution on the N30,000 minimum wage would go a long way in boosting the living standard of Nigerians.
Dada however urged civil servants to reciprocate the good gesture through hard work and improved productivity.
Sarah Usman, a civil servant with Federal Ministry of Education said that the new minimum wage would help boost the nation’s economy.
Usman noted that the development would boost the production of goods and services as well as increase employment for the teeming youths.
The National Council of State had suggested N27,000 minimum wage for the Nigerian workers, but the federal government agreed to pay the federal civil servants N30,000.
Bummi Ogunkolade, Senior Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Pensioners (NUP) said Nigerian workers deserve a better pay and good working condition as they work hard to create the wealth for the country.
He said: “Approving N30,000 minimum wage for federal workers by the government is a step in the right direction. The new minimum wage will add value to the lives of workers. I also urge workers to be more diligent and committed to duties.’’
Ogunkolade urged the federal government to look into the plight of pensioners who had served the nation in their productive age.
Meanwhile, the federal government is to commence renegotiation of the N30,000 minimum wage with senior civil servants in the country as it argues it cannot spend the entire resources on salary payment.
The minister of budget and national planning, Udoma Udoma, reportedly said this adding that the renegotiation would commence immediately President Muhammadu Buhari assents to the bill on minimum wage.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister spoke when he appeared before the Senate committee on finance on Tuesday, March 19, in Abuja to give explanations on the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and fiscal paper.
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