The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that it would ensure that the new minimum wage of N30,000 be implemented by all state governors.
Ayuba Wabba, president of the NLC, who said this on Wednesday at the launch of Oyo state pensioners’ house in Ibadan, described leaders of government across all tiers as “enemies of the workers.”
The president of the congress was represented by Waheed Olojede, the state NLC chairman, at the ceremony that had the national officers of the congress; including Abel Afolyan, the national president of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), in attendance.
“We thank God that the struggle for a new wage which began in 2011, was finally laid to rest with the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari last Thursday. The assent has made it a law, therefore making it incumbent on all employers of labour to pay every Nigerian worker N30, 000 as minimum wage,” he said.
“Unfortunately, leaders of governments at all tiers are enemies of workers. They never at anytime want to succumb to the provision of the law, when it comes to the right and welfare of the workers. But having secured N30,000, we will make sure all governors implement it 100 per cent.
“The process has the inclusion and full participation of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. We will go ahead in prosecuting 100 per cent of the new pay to the Nigerian workers.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had on April 18, signed the national minimum wage bill into law.
The senate passed the bill on March 19, approving N30,000 as the new national minimum wage. The house of representatives had earlier passed the bill.