Labor group presents deadline to Buhari on minimum wage

2019-04-14 19:56:01

Nigeria’s organized labor group has given President Muhammadu Buhari a May 1 deadline to sign the N30,000 new minimum wage.

President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Ayuba Wabba gave the deadline on Saturday in an interview with journalists in Abuja.

“The expectation of workers is that President should be able to sign the Minimum Wage Bill, doing all due diligence before 1st of May. That is the position we have made very clearly and that is our expectation,” according to him.

He continued: “We have not gotten to where we are on a platter of gold, we will continue to engage the process. So our expectation is that yes, workers day, we demand that this thing will also be delivered and therefore we are working hard and hoping that that will be done.

"We expect that there will be a time line so that workers can get the new minimum wage in their pockets because the economic challenge is now biting harder especially those that are on fixed wages."

In March, the Nigerian Senate approved N30,000 as minimum wage for workers in Nigeria.

The national minimum wage bill will become effective after President Muhammadu Buhari assents to it.

The report presented to the president recommended that the federal government put in place a procedure to review revenue sharing formula to enhance state capabilities towards implementation of the new wage.

The committee also suggested that relevant agencies should compute the cost implication of the bill on the 2019 budget and forward same to the National Assembly.