The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s suggestion during the 2019 budget presentation that there would be a review of the N30,000 minimum wage as proposed by a tripartite committee.
Criticising Buhari’s position, NLC said all the president needed to do was to send a bill to the parliament for a N30,000 minimum wage.
Buhari had said in his speech that he would soon send an executive bill to the National Assembly for approval as a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to pay a new national minimum wage.
“I am committed to addressing the issue of a new (national) minimum wage. I will be sending a Bill to the National Assembly on this,” he had said.
Buhari’s non-committal of the amount he has approved, and his suggestion of a possible review was immediately frowned at by the NLC, which said it would reject any amount separate from the N30,000 agreed by a tripartite committee on the issue; an agreement that was submitted to the president.
The Labour Union added that it would not want to be party to any other arrangement to review the resolution of the tripartite committee on the national minimum wage.
NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, was quoted as saying shortly after the Budget presentation, “We cannot accept the use of any technical committee to look into the already agreed N30,000 minimum wage,” Mr Ayuba said.
“The president promised to pass the report to lawmakers a week after it was presented to him. Once the tripartite committee has met and agreed on an amount, no other committee can meet on the same issue.”
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