- President Muhammadu Buhari has been sent the bill of the N30,000 minimum wage by the National Assembly for his assent
- This was revealed by the the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba on Thursday, March 28
- Wabba said that instead of the federal government to cut down the salaries of some civil servant, the jumbo pay packages of politicians should be slashed
The National Assembly (NASS) has forwarded the N30,000 minimum wage bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for his approval.
The move by the NASS was revealed on Thursday, March 28, by the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba, Vanguard reports.
Wabba said: “I am aware that the minimum wage bill has been passed and a clean copy has been transmitted to the President on Wednesday and we are expecting the President to assent to it. I am sure our workers will benefit from it.
"It is important, I say from the point of fact, that it is long overdue. It is not only long overdue, what is even N30,000 in the Nigerian economy?
“Therefore, everybody must agree that workers have been patient, workers have demonstrated enough commitment and therefore, I think, implementation at various levels should actually go seamlessly.
“We are also looking at the implementation, and I assure you in our normal way, we will continue to support our states from one state to the other until everything and everybody is able to benefit from it. This is because the truth of it is that if you look at the rate of inflation it's even higher than the minimum wage that has been increased.
"The reality of it is that it is just to keep body and soul together but actually to address the fact that we want a living wage.”
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The NLC also decried the federal government's proposal to cut the salaries of some set of civil servants, adding that what should be given a downward review are the huge pay packages of politicians.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, March 19, approved the N30,000 minimum wage being agitated for by Nigerian workers under the umbrella of the organised labour in the country.
The approval of the minimum wage by the Senate followed the report of an ad hoc committee it set up to look into the issue. The ad hoc committee is headed by Senator Francis Alimikhena.
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