A Non-Governmental Organization, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWG) has described as unfortunate and totally disheartening the present scenario playing out between the Organised Labour and the federal government over the New Minimum Wage.
The Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige had denied a statement credited to the President of the Nigeria labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba that a New Minimum Wage of twenty-five thousand naira has been decided and would be announced formally last week. According to the minister, the Tripartite Committee working on the matter has not reached an agreement to that effect.
The MMWG in a statement issued today by its National Coordinator, Ibrahim Abdullahi,
however, called on the Presidency to arrange a chat with the Chairman of the Tripartite Committee, Mrs Ama Pepple and the Organised Labour so that the report could be fast-tracked and implementation could commence early next Year.
The group said it is shameful for Nigeria to be paying the lowest wages in the whole world despite the resources available to it. It also criticized stet governments’ complaints of inability to pay a thirty thousand minimum wage, saying they failed to properly prioritise their expenditure by embarking on projects that are not relevant to the masses.
MMWG called on President Buhari to resolve the New National Minimum Wage issue as this could be his own burden if not tackled urgently.