- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to paying the national minimum wage of N30,000
- Osinbajo notes that the president is particularly interested in honest and transparent negotiation
- The vice president appeals to labour unions to support the government to create conducive environment for businesses to thrive
Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria's vice president, has disclosed the Muhammadu Buhari, his principal, wants honest negotiations concerning the N30,000 minimum wage.
Osinbajo added that the government of Buhari is poised to honestly and transparently resolve the request by labour that all workers should benefit from the minimum wage irrespective of level.
Speaking on Thursday, October 3, when he met with the new leadership of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) who paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, Osinbajo said: "Your coming today indicates your willingness to work with the government. You should consider the president as someone committed to the welfare of workers.
"One of the first things he did when we came in was to give states a series of bailouts to help repay backlog of salaries in several states," Osinbajo said.
A statement from the office of the vice president said the TUC leadership was led by its head Quadri Olaleye.
Osinbajo urged the labour unions to find ways to liaise with government, adding: “Let us give ourselves room to negotiate properly.
"The president wants an honest, open process, we will be transparent and honest about it. Labour leaders should give us the benefit of the doubt.”
He said the government will continue to create enabling environment for businesses to thrive while the ministers have the mandate to create job opportunities.
Olaleye has earlier asked the federal government to implement the salary increase as he also urged for continued dealing with security matters in the country.
Legit.ng reports that the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, declared that the federal government would have to lay off workers to be able to meet a wage bill of N580 billion needed to meet demand on the new wage.
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