Economic Hardship: Reps Urge Tinubu’s Govt To Pay N100,000 Living Wage to Nigerian Workers

Economic Hardship: Reps Urge Tinubu’s Govt To Pay N100,000 Living Wage to Nigerian Workers

  • Federal lawmakers want President Bola Tinubu to increase workers' salaries as economic hardship bites harder
  • While expressing concern about Nigeria's rising inflation, the House of Representatives called for the payment of N100,000 ‘living wages’ to Nigerian workers
  • The lawmakers maintained that no worker could live in Nigeria with a wage of less than N100,000.00 per month now

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FCT, Abuja - Amid rising inflation, the House of Representatives called for the payment of ‘living wages’ to Nigerian workers on Wednesday, March 6.

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House of Reps led by Speaker Abbas Tajudeen urged Tinubu to improve the welfare of workers in Nigeria. Photo credit: House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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As reported by Daily Trust, the House equally ordered its committee on labour and employment, finance and national planning to work out modalities for the payment of living wages to Nigerian workers at rates commensurate with economic realities.

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This move was sequel to the adoption of a motion co-sponsored by 40 lawmakers.

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Leading the debate on the motion, deputy minority leader of the House, Aliyu Madaki, said the rising rate of inflation in the country has made it difficult for the average Nigerian to afford basic needs, including food, water, housing, education, healthcare, transportation, clothing, among others, Daily Independent reported.

According to him, “The rising inflationary rate in the country has also had a negative effect on the cost of living, with the cost of food, accommodation, education, and transportation skyrocketing.”

Given the current economic reality in the country, the House maintained that:

“No labourer can live in Nigeria with a wage of less than N100,000.00 per month."

Madaki, who represents the Dala federal constituency of Kano state, further argued that unless very immediate and pragmatic steps are taken to improve the income of Nigerians, “More Nigerians will go down the economic line.”

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The deputy speaker of the House, Benjamin Kalu, presided over the plenary session in the absence of the speaker, Abbas Tajudeen.

How Buhari caused inflation

Legit.ng reported earlier that the minister of finance and coordinating minister of economy, Wale Edun, said that the N22.7tn printed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through Ways and Means overdraft for the federal government of Nigeria from 2015 to 2023, under Buhari landed Nigeria into hyperinflation bedevilling it now.

Edun made this disclosure on Wednesday during an interface with the Senate Committee on Finance. He said that during the period, the printing of naira in trillions was carried out without matching it with productivity.

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