NLC: New president demands review of minimum wage


The newly elected president of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba yesterday demanded for the evaluation of the N18,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers.
Wabba who formally resumed his official duty yesterday at the Labour House in said the N18,000 minimum wage for workers cannot take the workers home in this hash economy and has to be evaluated.
He said there is need to look into the 18,000 minimum wage and consider its increment due to the inflation rate in the country.
According to Wabba, the inflation is due to the high rate of exchange of dollar which is currently N198 to $1.
He however called for alternative policies that will ease the effect of the inflation on workers.
The new president said, “We should look at alternative that would cushion the effect of policies especially on workers.
“N18,000 minimum wage is no more a wage with the increase in dollar,” he added.
He also called for availability of fuel which according to him is the driver of development.
“Every process of development revolves round fuel. Why should we continue to import fuel when we can refine?’’, he asked.
He said his administration has however laid down plans which will help in seeing workers through the austerity period. “We have in our manifesto provided a way out to cushion the effect of inflation on workers”, he said.

He also promised to involve those that lost out in the election, in the developmental programs of the labour force.

Wabba said the aggrieved contenders should shield their sword and join him in unifying the congress.
He however promised to involve the opponents through both direct and indirect approach “We will approach them individually and also involve the veterans in achieving peace in the house,” he added.
While looking unto how a consensus would be reached between them, he said there is need to work as a unified entity.
Promising to operate an open door policy where every Nigerian worker will have free access to him, the new president said his office will be opened 24 hours to workers. “Every worker should feel free to come to my office.”
According to comrade Wabba, his tenure would look at the welfare of workers and deal with the issue of casualisation of workers.
While commending the military for their effort in combating insurgency, he said peaceful co-existence is paramount to successful general election. “Peace is panacea of development, we will contribute to this, we will mobilize our structure in the state”, he said.
Reacting to the question on the upcoming convention proposed by his opponents, comrade Ayuba said it is only the National Executive Council of the congress that can conduct election.
He said, “the only organ that can convey a national convention according to our constitution is the executive council.”

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