— NLC gives FG an ultimatum until May 1 to sign the agreed N30, 000 minimum or else the union would go on strike.
— The president of the group, Ayuba Wabba made it known that if the workers do not get the new minimum wage as at when due, the union would take drastic decision.
The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has given President Muhammadu Buhari until May 1 to sign the proposed N30,000 new minimum wage.
The ultimatum was given by the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, on behalf of the group while he granted newsmen an interview on Saturday Saturday in Abuja.
In the words of the president, “The expectation of workers is that President should be able to sign the Minimum Wage Bill, doing all due diligence before 1st of May. That is the position we have made very clearly and that is our expectation,” Wabba said.
“We have not gotten to where we are on a platter of gold, we will continue to engage the process. So our expectation is that yes, Workers Day, we demand that this thing will also be delivered and therefore we are working hard and hoping that that will be done.
“We expect that there will be a timeline so that workers can get the new minimum wage in their pockets because the economic challenge is now biting harder especially those that are on fixed wages.”
Ayuba Wabba equally reacted to the claims of the government’s plans to increase the price of petroleum products in the country. He said: “In the first place, is there subsidy? It is a question that nobody has answered.
“Like the President said, subsidy is corruption and we stand on that. We can be talking of subsidy if actually we don’t produce crude oil. They have not been able to address the issue of our currency. We are paying for in efficiency,” he said.