Minimum wage: Workers Back NLC Over 14-Day Ultimatum


The Nigerian workers on Thursday threw their weight behind the 14-day ultimatum issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to the Federal Government over delay regarding new minimum wage.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Labour leaders had on Wednesday cautioned the Federal Government against foot-dragging on the new minimum wage and allow the tripartite committee to conclude its job to avoid action.


The labour leaders, who are members of the Minimum Wage Committee at a joint news conference addressed in Lagos, gave the Federal Government 14 days to ensure that the committee conclude its work or be ready to face action.


The President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, had said that the committee was not pleased with the comments allegedly made by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.


Ngige had last week said that the committee should adjourn indefinitely to give room for further consultations with the government.


“We view his supposed pronouncement with great concern, suspicion and outrage.


“This new antic certainly is not acceptable to Nigerian workers, who had expected a New National Minimum Wage since 2016,’’ he said.


However, some of the workers, who spoke with NAN on Thursday in Abuja expressed disappointment over the way and manner government was handling the issue.


Mr Salisu Umar, a civil servant, berated the Federal Government for obvious lack of concern to the plight of workers.

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