- Workers in Abuja pleaded with President Muhammmadu Buhari to sign the minimum wage bill
- The workers said the delay is causing anxiety for them
- The National Assembly has forwarded the bill to the president
Workers in the Federal Capital Territory have begged President Buhari to sign the minimum wage bill submitted to him by the National Assembly on March 27.
Some of the workers, who spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, April 16, in Abuja, expressed concern over the delay in signing the bill into law, adding that it was causing unnecessary anxiety.
Kema Nwokedi, a civil servant based in Abuja, said the work of the tripartite committee should be completed by the president.
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She asked the president to sign the bill which was passed expeditiously by the two chambers of the National Assembly to cushion the effect of the economic hardship on workers.
Nwokedi called on Buhari to make the signing of the bill an Easter gift for Nigerian workers to make them happy
Abdullahi Sani, a civil servant urged the president to assuage the feelings of Nigerian workers by signing the bill into law before May 1.
Also, Dayo Adedayo of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, said that signing the bill immediately would go a long way to help the workers.
Adedayo said that the delay was causing untold hardship as the current salaries workers received could no longer take care of their daily needs.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari was 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."
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