By Victor Young
Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, JNPSNC, Trade Union side, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to expedite action in signing the N30,000 minimum wage bill into law, saying workers have been eagerly looking forward to the new wage.
In a statement, JNPSNC Chairman, Trade Union side, Abdrafiu Adeniji and Secretary, Alade Lawal, argued that the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage and the National Assembly had done a good job by approving N30,000 as monthly national minimum wage and accordingly deserved commendation.
According to the statement, “all that is now left is for the president, as the father of the nation, to sign the bill into law and bring the national minimum wage saga to a positive conclusion.
“Nigerians, including millions of workers, gave President Buhari a resounding victory at the poll for his second term in office and as such we expect him to reciprocate this gesture by signing the N30,000 monthly national minimum wage bill into law without further delay.
“The current N18,000 monthly minimum wage has become very much inadequate and workers are finding it extremely difficult to cope with daily challenges thrown up by skyrocketing prices of goods and services.
“This underscores the need for the president to sign into law the N30, 000. national minimum wage bill so that appropriate bodies that will work out the consequential adjustments arising from the new National Minimum can be put in place. The State and Local Governments should also be prepared to implement the National Minimum Wage to boost the morale and productivity of their workers.
“We urge the three tiers of Government to realise that the welfare of the people is the main reason why Governments exist in the first instance. They should, therefore, take a special interest in the well-being of their workers that oil the wheels of governments by implementing the new National Minimum Wage as soon as it becomes law.”