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Sign N30,000 minimum wage, Labour urges President Buhari

Head of the new minimum wage panel, Ama Pepple, present report to President Buhari

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday said that since the approval of the new Minimum Wage Bill by the National Assembly, nothing had been heard about it.

NLC in a statement issued by its Head of Information and Public Affairs, Benson Upah, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the new minimum wage of N30,000 into law, saying that workers would be grateful if it is signed this month.

“The President constituted a committee that worked on the figure that was submitted to him and he sent it to the National Assembly as an executive bill. Similarly, the National Assembly legislated on it and sent back to the President for  his assent.

“We have no reason to doubt that the President will not sign it into law; his body language does not suggest that he will not sign it.

“We are hoping and waiting for him to do so. If you asked me when he should sign it, I would  tell you that  it should be  immediately. We want him to sign it right away so that by May workers can earn the new salary. They have been waiting anxiously.”

Also, Mr. Abdrafiu Adeniji, the Chairman of the Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, also commended the National Assembly and urged Buhari to sign the bill.

“The tripartite committee on the minimum wage and the National Assembly have  done a good job by approving N30,000 as the national minimum wage and accordingly deserve commendation,” the Chairman said.

“It is now left for the President to sign the bill into law and bring the minimum wage saga to a positive conclusion.

“The current N18,000 monthly minimum wage has become inadequate and workers are finding it extremely difficult to cope. This underscores the need   for   the President to sign into law the N30,000.000 National Minimum Wage Bill so the  bodies that will work out the consequential adjustments arising from the new wage can be put in place.”

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