By Esther Atani, The Sight News
ABUJA:Nigerian workers have been urged to join the National Minimum Wage implementation struggle, as achieving implementation,will play a major role in the improvement of equity and fair treatment of Nigerian workers.
This was expressed by the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, at a one day stakeholders meeting on the implementation of minimum wage at state level, held in Abuja on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
It is pertinent to note that before 1981, Nigerian workers had no structured minimum wage and were subject to the whims of their employers. Since the first minimum wage of N125 was passed into law, there was no comprehensive overhaul of previous Minimum Wage Acts until 2019.
Wabba averred that as inflation rises and the purchasing power of the average Nigerian workers reduces, there is now an urgent need for all Nigerian workers to join the movement working towards the implementation of the national minimum wage at state levels.
The stakeholders meeting he said, was an opportunity to review activities of state governments as regards workers’ wages and an avenue for the development of a roadmap for the successful implementation of the minimum wage.
Stressing the need for implementation of the National Minimum Wage Act, he condemned the injustice inherent in renumeration divide between politically elected officials and the Nigerian masses, citing the example of a state governor awarding himself a N10 million monthly upkeep allowance, days before leaving office.
For his part, the Vice President, NLC and President of Nigerian Union of Nurses, Comrade Abdulrafiu Adeniji called for unity and sustained concerted efforts by all stakeholders in the minimum wage issue, until the implementation of the minimum wage becomes reality.
In the same vein, Mrs Franca Adiekwe, a representative of the Honorable Minister of Employment and Labour Dr Chris Ngige expressed appreciation to the NLC for its tireless efforts in the struggle for the fair treatment of Nigerian workers.
Speaking to journalists after the event, Comrade Wabba expressed optimism that the stakeholders meeting will be a pivotal step in improving the economic realities of Nigerian workers across the country.