Minimum Wage: Labour Decry Buhari’s Delay In Signing Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has been enjoined to sign the N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage Bill into Law to put smile on the faces of millions of Nigerian Workers.

In a Statement issued in Lagos Wednesday, organised Labour under the aegis of the Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) emphasised that since the House of Representatives and the Senate had approved N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage recommended by the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage, President Buhari should now do the needful by signing the Bill into Law.

The Statement signed by the TUS Chairman, Comrade Abdulrafiu Alani Adeniji and the Secretary, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, stressed that the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage and the National Assembly had done a good job by approving N30,000 as monthly National Minimum Wage and accordingly deserved commendation.

“All that is now left is for Mr. President as the father of the nation to sign the Bill into Law and bring the National Minimum Wage saga to a positive conclusion.

“The Nigerian people including millions of workers gave President Buhari a resounding victory at the poll for his second term in office and as such we expect Mr. President to reciprocate this gesture by signing the N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage Bill into Law without further delay,” the union added.

According to the TUS, the current N18,000 monthly minimum wage has become very much inadequate and workers are finding it extremely difficult to cope with daily challenges thrown up skyrocketing prices of goods and services. This underscores the need for Mr.President to sign into law the N30,000.000 National Minimum Wage bill so that appropriate bodies that will work out the consequential adjustments arising from the new National Minimum can be put in place.

“The State and Local Governments should also be prepared to implement the National Minimum Wage so as to boost the morale and productivity of their workers.

The TUS urged the three tiers of Government to realise that the welfare of the people is the main reason why Governments exist in the first instance.

“They should, therefore, take special interest in the well-being of their workers that oil the wheels of governments by implementing the new National Minimum Wage as soon as it become law” the labour leaders emphasized.

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