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Sign N30,000 Minimum Wage Bill Now, Labour Urges Buhari

Osagbemi Anthony

The organized Labour has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage Bill into Law to put a smile on the faces of millions of Nigerian Workers.

In a press statement issued in Lagos yesterday, the organised Labour under the aegis of the Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) stated that since the House of Representatives and the Senate had approved N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage recommended by the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage, President Buhari should now do the needful by signing the Bill into Law.

The Trade Union Side noted that the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage and the National Assembly had done a good job by approving N30,000 as monthly National Minimum Wage and accordingly deserved commendation.

The statement said: “All that is now left is for Mr. President as the father of the nation to sign the Bill into Law and bring the National Minimum Wage saga to a positive conclusion.

“The Nigerian people including millions of workers gave President Buhari a resounding victory at the poll for his second term in office and as such we expect Mr. President to reciprocate this gesture by signing the N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage Bill into Law without further delay,” the union added.

The Union stressed that the current N18,000 monthly minimum wage has become inadequate and workers are finding it extremely difficult to cope with daily challenges thrown up by skyrocketing prices of goods and services.

“Therefore, it is important for Mr. President to sign into law the N30,000 National Minimum Wage bill so that appropriate bodies that will work out the consequential adjustments arising from the new National Minimum Wage can be put in place,” the statement further said.

The Labour leaders added that State and Local Governments should also be prepared to implement the National Minimum Wage so as to boost the morale and productivity of their workers.

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