The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed hope that President Muhammadu Buhari will assent to the N30,000 minimum wage that has been presented to him by the National Assembly.
NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, stated this at the opening ceremony of the 10th National Delegates Conference of Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN).
He said that the bill was passed to President Buhari by the lawmakers on Wednesday.
He said, “I am aware that the minimum wage bill has been passed and a clean copy has been transmitted to the President on Wednesday and we are expecting the President to assent to it.
“I am sure our workers will benefit from it. It is important, I say from the point of fact, that it is long overdue. It is not only long overdue, what is even N30, 000 in the Nigerian economy?
“Therefore, everybody must agree that workers have been patient, workers have demonstrated enough commitment and therefore, I think, implementation at various levels should actually go seamlessly.
“We are also looking at the implementation, and I assure you in our normal way, we will continue to support our states from one state to the other until everything and everybody is able to benefit from it. This is because the truth of it is that if you look at the rate of inflation is even higher than the minimum wage that has been increased. The reality of it is that it is just to keep body and soul together but actually to address the fact that we want a living wage.”
Earlier, MHWUN said it would be wrong for the Federal Government to go ahead with its alleged plans to reduce the salary of certain categories of public workers.
According to them, government should instead reduce the bogus pay package of the political class.
It also used the occasion to call on Buhari to, in his second term, look beyond medical doctors and appoint technocrats in health administration as ministers of health, adding that doing so would reduce the friction between doctors and other professionals in the health sector and also ensure only unbiased advice on the way forward for the country’s deplorable health system.
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