NLC warns FG over delay in setting up minimum wage panel

The President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked the Presidency to immediately constitute a committee, to begin the negotiation of the national minimum wage.

The Congress’ President, Ayuba Wabba, made the call at a symposium organized to mark Nigeria’s fiftieth independence anniversary in Abuja.

He reminded government that workers are gradually running out of patience, over the continuous delay in constituting the national minimum wage committee.

All economic indices, according to Wabba, has rendered the N18,000 national monthly minimum wage useless.

He listed the economic indices as inflationary rate, the costs of living, high costs of goods and services.

This crisis of good governance is exemplified by the massive corruption in our body politics.

“This in turn is responsible for the huge unemployment crisis, poor service delivery and continuous absence of dividends of democracy for majority of our people.

“The latest manifestation of this is the refusal by a number of states government to fulfill their elementary obligations to their workers by not paying salaries and pensions as at when due.

 “So, for us in the congress, we look at restructuring as that which cannot be a substitute for good governance and respect for the rule of law,’’ he said.

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