- Nigerians are currently protesting all over the country over a minimum wage bill
- In fact, some union members are in the National Assembly demanding that it should be stopped
- In his reaction, Alhassan Doguwa says the bill will be killed since labour unions are not in support of it
Protesters have overwhelmed security and made their way into National Assembly premises to press home their demands.
The protest which was organised by the labour union is against a bill that seeks to allow governors of various states across the country to determine their minimum wage.
In a series of tweets by @OrderPaper, it was disclosed that the controversial bill scaled second reading in the House of Representatives two weeks ago amidst stiff opposition from members.
Meanwhile, while addressing the protesters, House leader, Alhassan Doguwa assured them that the minimum wage bill will be killed since labour unions are not in support of it.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that following the failure of some state governors to start the payment of the new N30,000 minimum wage, the NLC instructed its members to embark on immediate industrial action.
The National Executive Council of the NLC called the refusal of state governments to pay the new national minimum wage an act of criminality.
Also speaking on the continual hikes in electricity tariff, the NEC resolved that government must immediately address the conditions within its control that are driving up electricity tariff in Nigeria.
The NLC rejected the concession of Nigeria’s airports and other considerations for privatization, describing it as a great disservice to the Nigerian people and a betrayal of the efforts of Nigerian workers especially those employed in the aviation sector.
Meanwhile, Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor of Edo state, has kicked against a bill seeking to switch minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.
Shaibu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday, March 4, in Benin, advised the sponsor of the bill in the House of Representatives to step it down.
The deputy governor instead advised the lawmaker to move motions and sponsor bills that would support programmes geared toward finding lasting solutions to the problems of insecurity in the country.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.