The Trade Union side of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the N30,000 minimum wage bill into law
- The council says as the father of the nation, Buhari should bring the national minimum wage saga to a positive conclusion by signing the bill into law
- According to the council, the current N18,000 monthly minimum wage has become very much inadequate and workers are finding it extremely difficult to cope with prices of goods
President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by the Trade Union side of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) to expedite action in signing the N30,000 minimum wage bill into law.
The council, which made the plea in a statement by its chairman and secretary, Abdrafiu Adeniji and Alade Lawal, respectively, said workers have been eagerly looking forward to the new wage.
Legi.ng gathers that the council said the tripartite committee on national minimum wage and the National Assembly deserves commendation by approving N30,000 as monthly national minimum wage.
The statement read: "All that is now left is for the president, as the father of the nation, to sign the bill into law and bring the national minimum wage saga to a positive conclusion.
“Nigerians, including millions of workers, gave President Buhari a resounding victory at the poll for his second term in office and as such we expect him to reciprocate this gesture by signing the N30,000 monthly national minimum wage bill into law without further delay.
“The current N18,000 monthly minimum wage has become very much inadequate and workers are finding it extremely difficult to cope with daily challenges thrown up by skyrocketing prices of goods and services.
“This underscores the need for the president to sign into law the N30,000 national minimum wage bill so that appropriate bodies that will work out the consequential adjustments arising from the new National Minimum can be put in place.
"The State and Local Governments should also be prepared to implement the National Minimum Wage to boost the morale and productivity of their workers.
“We urge the three tiers of Government to realise that the welfare of the people is the main reason why Governments exist in the first instance. They should, therefore, take a special interest in the well-being of their workers that oil the wheels of governments by implementing the new National Minimum Wage as soon as it becomes law.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) expressed concern over President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in signing the national minimum wage bill into law.
The NLC general secretary, Peter Ozon-Eson, showed how worried the congress is in an interview in Abuja on Thursday, April 11.
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