“President Buhari Should sign new minimum wage bill into law or ” – NLC Threatens

“President Buhari Should sign new minimum wage bill into law or ” – NLC Threatens

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leadership has asked questions over the delay by President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the new minimum wage bill.

The bill, which seeks the payment of N30,000 as minimum wage to civil
servants, was passed by the National Assembly and is awaiting the
assent of the President. In a new interview Peter Ozo-Eson, the NLC
General Secretary, said the President has held onto the bill for too
long.  

He said Nigerian workers are eagerly anticipating the approval of the
bill by the President, as it will improve the standard of living in the
country. “We had thought that given all processes before arriving at
that point, the long delays in setting up a tripartite committee, the
long period before the tripartite committee to now finalise and all the
debates that had gone on, the president would have signed the bill into
law,” he said.  

Ozo-Eson, however, told the President to sign the bill before the
celebration of the 2019 May Day, an annual day to celebrate workers in
Nigeria.

He said: “We thought that this was something President would assent
to very quickly, because as we had earlier indicated, we would want this
implementation to be before May.

Our position is to call on Mr. President to, without further delay,
assent to the New National Minimum Wage Bill, so that workers can start
to enjoy the new minimum wage implementation before May Day.”

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