- Some state governments are delaying the implementation of the new minimum wage
- President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, says state chapters can embark on strike if negotiations are not going as planned
- The minimum wage issue has been a hot topic on social media in recent weeks and Nigerians have been reacting
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed any of its state chapters to proceed on industrial action if negotiations are not going as planned as regards the new minimum wage.
President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, gave the directive in Abuja on Tuesday, February 4.
He said 15 states have signed an agreement with labour while an agreement has been reached but yet to be signed in Cross River, Enugu and Sokoto.
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According to him, negotiation is ongoing in 17 states while implementation of the minimum wage and consequential agreement had begun in 13 states, and implementation for levels one to six had commenced in three states.
He added that four states are on the awaiting implementation status, while 16 states are yet to begin implementation.
The minimum wage issue has been a hot topic on social media in recent weeks.
Bernard Chinenye Ezeh wrote on Twitter: All our politicians should start collecting minimum wage...with no allowance.; That will be the first step to Nigeria progress.
Okonkwo Samuel wrote: Nigeria governments are insensitive to the plights of the people. Everything that benefits people takes forever to accomplish
Journalist Alawode-James Olajumoke wrote: If Nigeria is too poor to provide infrastructure for citizens to thrive; then Nigeria is too poor to pay government officials millions!
You can’t be a RICH employee of POOR citizens! Go do private business, where no one will question your pay or earn minimum wage too.
Morris Monye wrote: New Zealand's minimum wage is N6,372 every hour. An 8-5 job gives you over N57k daily. Calculate that in a month. This is a minimum wage. It may not be fair to compare with Nigeria but that should show us that it can be done. It can be achieved.
Valentine Anyanwu wrote: Man Nigeria is a joke how can someone survive with 30k that's 107.72 Canadian dollars. The minimum wage in (Manitoba) Canada is 11.65 per hour. Mind you, that's minimum wage.
Ayodeji Jaguda wrote: With the way Nigeria is set up minimum wage should start from 300k at least.
Adunni Achebe wrote: I don't care what part of Nigeria you reside in, if you're living on minimum wage, then you have no business starting a family. That's exactly the kind of mindset that breeds problems for the entire country.
Meanwhile, in Delta, workers received the new minimum wage in January 2020 as the state government and the organised labour resolved to accept the template being used by the federal government for the implementation.
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