Minimum Wage: Labour Reacts As Buhari Signs N30, 000 Bill


Minimum Wage: Labour Reacts As Buhari Signs N30, 000 Bill

The Organised Labour has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the N30,000 minimum wage demanded by Nigerian workers into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed the national minimum wage bill into law.

The Senate had on March 19 passed the bill, approving N30,000 as the new national minimum wage after the house of representatives earlier passed the bill.

Reacting, some of the Labour leaders, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Thursday in Abuja described the action as “a way forward,” with the President Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Bobboi Kaigama pointing out that it was long overdue.

Kaigama said: “we want to appreciate Mr President for assenting to the Bill on the National Minimum Wage.We also want to use this opportunity to congratulate Nigerian workers.

“We also want to use this opportunity to tell the Nigerian workers that the battle for the actualisation of N30, 000 minimum wage is not yet over.We still have to wait for the template to be release by the National Salaries and Wages Commission.”

 “We want our members to be very calm and await the release of the table and also the consequential increases.”

He, however, said although the battle had been won it was not yet over, noting that the Federal Government does not have issue in terms of implementation.

He said: “I want to assure you that the states and local governments will have issues on the implementation. That is why I said the battle has started.

Also, the Head of International, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr Uche Ekwe,  hailed the President for signing the National Minimum Wage Bill.