- The NLC has asked President Buhari to sign the N30,000 new minimum wage proposal bill before workers' day
- The president of the union said workers are expecting that Buhari will deliver this before May 1
President Muhammadu Buhari has been given until May 1 to sign the N30,000 new minimum wage proposal. The ultimatum was given by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).
In an interview with newsmen on Saturday, April 13, in Abuja, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the NLC president, said the union is working hard and hoping that Buhari will do the needful, Sahara Reporters reports.
Wabba said: "The expectation of workers is that President should be able to sign the Minimum Wage Bill, doing all due diligence before 1st of May. That is the position we have made very clearly and that is our expectation.
“We have not gotten to where we are on a platter of gold, we will continue to engage the process. So our expectation is that yes, Workers Day, we demand that this thing will also be delivered and therefore we are working hard and hoping that that will be done.
“We expect that there will be a timeline so that workers can get the new minimum wage in their pockets because the economic challenge is now biting harder especially those that are on fixed wages."
Reacting to claims that the government is planning to increase the pump price of petroleum, he said subsidy is corruption.
“In the first place, is there subsidy? It is a question that nobody has answered.
"Like the President said, subsidy is corruption and we stand on that. We can be talking of subsidy if actually we don’t produce crude oil. They have not been able to address the issue of our currency. We are paying for in efficiency.”
Recall 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.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has been urged by the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to sign into law the new minimum wage bill transmitted to him by the National Assembly, saying “it is long overdue.”
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