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Fed Govt To Consider Minimum Wage, Other Issues

Posted: May 4, 2016 at 12:17 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Sylvester Enoghase, Lagos President Mohammadu Buhari has said the Federal Government will look into the proposed minimum wage and other issues raised by raised by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) the umbrella bodies representing workers in Nigeria.
The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, while reviewing Government position of the proposed minimum wage presented to the Government during the 2016 May Day rally at the Eagle Square in Abuja, said: “I listened to the speeches and the proposal made by both the NLC and TUC. By their speeches, they have without doubt affirmed their faith in the greatness of Nigeria as a nation.

“The challenges facing the country have been highlighted and I assure labour leaders that they shall be accorded and considered. It is worthy to note that solution to some of those issues and request are already being considered and would be made public in the near future”.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has called on the workers to support the government on its fight against corruption, saying that the government will not relent in its efforts to address the issues of corruption.

“I request your cooperation and understanding, as partners in progress. In this fight against corruption, I need you all to be willing partners. Fighting corruption in the public service in particular, requires the workers to play major roles by cooperating with the government,” he said.
The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige said the theme of this years’ celebration, ‘Working Class and Quest for Socio-Economic Revival’, states the deep understanding and appreciation of the working class on the need for a socio-economic revival in the face of current realities.

He said the theme is a wake up call which the nation must heed in order to salvage the economy from total collapse. “We must therefore see ourselves as partners in progress and utilise every occasion to turn these challenges into new opportunities for national rebirth and Socio economic revival of our country,” Ngige said.

The President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the situation of the country before the election of 2015 had been bedevilled by insecurity, an economy in ruins as a result of years of mal-administration and corruption at all levels of government.
He said these challenges and problems were all inherited from the previous administration, adding that Nigerian voted the current administration with the belief that it will bring positive changes.

He reminded President Buhari on the recent proposal of N56, 000 minimum wage for the workers, adding that,”Our proposal of N56, 000 is just N4, 000 more than the figure we put out for negotiation in December 2008, which was N52, 000. This represents our awareness about the prevailing economic situation in the country,” Wabba said.

TUC President, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama said there is no doubting the fact that reasonable success has been made by the present administration, adding that there are yet more grounds to cover. He added that many Nigerians have lost hope due to decades of rape of the national treasury by a privilege few.