- -The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria urged the National Assembly to approve N30,000 as against the N27,000 adopted by the federal government and the Council of State
- The labour union said the lawmakers, being the representatives of the people, should not agree with the government’s decision to reduce the minimum wage to N27,000
- The union argued that the N30,000 minimum wage was a product of an extensive consultation by the Tripartite Committee and should not be tampered with
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has enjoined the National Assembly to ensure they approve N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage as agreed by Tripartite Committee, through a democratic process.
The labour union argued that the Tripartite Committee which was saddled with the task of providing a new National Minimum Wage for the country had concluded its assignment and recommended the amount.
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Leadership reports that the union said this in a press statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday, January 23, by its national president, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama and the secretary general, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal.
The union stressed that lawmakers being the representatives of the people cannot afford to short-change Nigerian workers by siding with the executive arm of government.
The statement reads in part: “As we write, Nigeria has become the poorest country in the world.
Yet instead of approving a living wage for workers. “The presidency is hiding under the National Council of State to subvert N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage recommended by the Tripartite Committee after extensive consultations and deliberations including touring of the six geo-political zones of the country before it arrived at that figure. “Indeed, by recommending two parallel Minimum Wage, one for federal workers and the other for state governments.”
National Council of State on Tuesday, January 22, approved the sum of N27,000 as the minimum wage for workers in Nigeria.
The NCS was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari and attended by Nigerian leaders including Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.
Subsequently, President Buhari on Wednesday, January 23, transmitted the bill for the amendment of the national minimum wage law to the National Assembly.
The amendment of the national minimum wage bill is in line with a federal government pledge made to the organised labour.
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