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Buhari begs for workers’ understanding in resolving minimum wage issues



MINIMUM WAGE: Labour set for showdown, threatens strike

President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with Nigerian workers to show understanding as the federal government seeks to address issues around the new minimum wage.

Represented by Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the Government of the Federation, Buhari made the appeal at the 12th National Delegates Conference of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) held on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, the Technical Advisory Committee recently inaugurated was meant to resolve pending issues affecting the welfare of the workers.

He said, “Government appeals for the continued understanding of workers in attempt to address the pressing issue of minimum wage.”

He noted that the committee was “to develop and advise government on how to successfully actualise the objective of seamless implementation of the impending wage increase.”

Also “to identify new revenue sources as well as areas of existing expenditure from where some savings could be made and to augment present Federal Government’s revenue framework in order to fund the wage increase.”

It will also “propose a work plan and modalities for the implementation of salary increase in a way that minimises any inflation impact and ensure that it does not lead to any job losses,’’ he said.

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The President saluted the bravery and courage of the NLC in fighting for the welfare of its members.

Speaking at the two-day conference themed: “Towards a Decade of Activism for the Promotion of Labour Unity, National Rebirth and Development,” the NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, expressed displeasure at plans of the government to privatise some sectors of the Nigerian economy.

He maintained that the union would resist government’s attempt to sell any of the nation’s national assets.

“Since the privatisation of electricity distribution, Nigerians are yet to see the fulfilment of promises of efficient service delivery,” he submitted.

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