FG Promises New Minimum Wage To Address Workers’ Welfarism
The Federal Government has promised that it is doing everything to ensure that the new minimum wage meets the present economic realities in the country. This was made known by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), during the dinner and award night organized to mark the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) 40th-anniversary celebration.
According to him, there is a conscious effort by the federal government to make sure the new wages to meet economic realities. He said, “It is in this regard that the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage was inaugurated to review the National Minimum Wage. The committee is determined to complete its assignment before the end of this year.”
“I am confident that the outcome of the assignment would address the issue of social imbalance, inequality and the wide gap of poverty in the country. That is why this administration takes the welfare of the Nigerian worker as a priority by putting so much effort into the resuscitation of the economy.’’
Mustapha also stated that the primary aim of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) was to diversify the economy, create wealth, gain infrastructures, grow skills, ensure food security and job creation.
He noted that the importance of the labor union in the affairs of any government cannot be overlooked.
“It is the soul of the government because without the workers, be they civil servants, private sector workers or even pensioners, there will be nobody to man the system,” he said.
Speaking on the theme of the NLC anniversary, Mustapha stated that it was an apt discourse and also a time to count on achievements as well as chart a new direction for the future.
He also stated that it is indeed a time of reflection on the many years of struggle, turbulence, and service of the union to every Nigerian worker.
“I believe that together, we can build the Nigeria of our dream and improve on the generality of the life of Nigerians.”
“It is also a time to recognize and reward excellence. I stand here to celebrate with the NLC, not just as SGF, but also as a comrade.”
“I have been a comrade right from my school days and shall remain so until tomorrow. I would like to say that you have a member in this government.’’
Earlier in his speech, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, disclosed that the three-day anniversary celebration had been a brainstorming event.
“From the volume of discourse, it is very clear that the future will be bright because we have assembled the best from among our rank and file. We brought in our founding fathers that laid the solid foundation that allowed us to continue to exist despite the challenges.”
“I am certain and all of us are convinced that from the issues that were discoursed, we have reasons to look into the future and build NLC of our dreams. It is, therefore, our sincere hope that with the determination of our founding fathers and the solid foundation they have laid, we are assured that the future is already secured,’’ he said.
The NLC president stated that the anniversary award was to recognize the contribution of its founding fathers, patriots, organizations, and individuals that had worked assiduously to ensure that NLC continues to exist.”
He said some of the awardee’s contribution were too numerous to mention, adding that some had paid the supreme price and laid down their lives. “Some have suffered deformity and others are here with us and we are going to recognize their contributions.”
“Therefore, this occasion is to recognize key contribution of individuals and organizations as well as our veterans who have stood their ground even in the face of adversity.”
“In the era of the military, some of them spent several months in jail. There is no other occasion to recognize these people than the 40th-anniversary congress.’’
The awards were presented by the Minister of Labour and Employment who represented President Muhammadu Buhari.
Some of the awardees include pioneer president of the NLC, Ali Chiroma, Hassan Sunmonu, Adams Oshiomole, late Pascal Bafyau, among others in recognition of their excellent services and sacrifice in the struggle for social justice.
Nigeria News had earlier reported that former NLC boss, Adams Oshiomhole had stated that without other facilities, the minimum wage cannot translate to a decent life.