- The workers in the south-eastern part of Nigeria want the federal and state governments to pay a minimum wage of N66,500
- The workers believe this will help to douse the harsh economic condition they face daily
- Governor Willie says his government is ready to implement any amount approved as minimum wage in the country
As the federal government commences moves to up the salaries of workers across the country, civil servants and pensioners have asked employers to facilitate the payment of a new minimum wage of N66,500 to reduce their suffering.
The Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, who made a presentation, said the state would remain labour-friendly and implement any fair agreement reached and concluded by the tripartite committee.
Represented by his senior special adviser on labour matters, Chief Godwin Igbokwe, Obiano noted that before now, the government had earlier assured the state workers of increment in their salaries.
Vanguard reports that the stakeholders made the demand during a public hearing organised by the tripartite committee on national minimum wage for the South-East held in Enugu on Thursday, April 26.
According to the report, Comrade Virginus Nwobodo, speaking on behalf of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the South-East, said that the new minimum wage review and implementation had been overdue.
Nwobodo, the NLC chairman in Enugu, said the organisation wanted a minimum wage not less than N66,500.
“It is currently difficult for anybody to manage N18,000; whereas most workers at this level have families and dependents to take care of.
“It is long overdue and we are asking for nothing less than N66,500 to meet the current realities of socio-economic as well as cushion the present hardship in the land,” he said.
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On his part, Comrade Chukwuma Igbokwe, of the Trade Union Congres (TUC) South-East, urged the federal government to do a public hearing on political office holders’ wages, with a view to reviewing it.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Gombe state government reportedly recommended the sum of N28,000 as the new minimum wage to be paid to civil servants across Nigeria in order to meet the current harsh reality of the current financial situation.
The government’s position was made known on Thursday, April 26 by the state head of service and chairman of the minimum wage committee, Alhaji Adamu Haruna Abubakar, at the north-east zonal public hearing organised by the ‘tripartite committee on national minimum wage’.
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