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Minimum Wage: NLC Says it is Monitoring FG Over Minimum Wage Implementation
NLC Insists That Minimum Wage Be Implemented Irrespective of Election Timetable
The Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC) has said that it is monitoring the federal government as regards the implementation of the new minimum wage agreed upon.
According to the congress, the presidency should send the executive bill on the new minimum wage to the National Assembly before January 23 as earlier agreed.
The general secretary of the NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, had disclosed that the organised labour will engage the legislators on the passage of the bill into law as soon as the the bill is sent to the National Assembly.
Ozo-Eson said: “All we are concerned with is the agreement we have with the FG (transmission of the bill on or before January 23, 2019.) The matter of election timetable is up to them (FG and NASS). All we are concerned with is the Memorandum of Understanding that we had with the FG which has dates that things should be done. However they get that done within the election timetable is their own business.
“We do not want to keep going back and forth on this matter. We are holding the FG responsible for honouring the MoU which says the executive bill will be at the NASS by January 23, 2019. Once that is done, we will know how to engage the NASS.”
Head of NLC’s information and public affairs, Benson Upah, also said labour unions were hoping the lawmakers will pass the bill.
“NASS members have in the past made sacrifices to advance the course of labour and democracy in the country. Therefore, we rely on them and will continue to solicit their support and understanding to ensure that this bill does not suffer any setback on account of their absence or otherwise,” he said.