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We’ll ensure payment of N30,000 minimum wage – NLC


The Nigeria Labour Congress on Wednesday vowed to ensure the implementation of the new national minimum wage of N30,000 recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.



The President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said this when he launched Oyo State Pensioners’ House in Ibadan. The complex houses a 1, 000-seater event hall, a radio station, a clinic for pensioners and an ICT centre. The labour leader described many leaders of government across all tiers as enemies of the workers.



Wabba, who was represented by the Oyo State NLC chairman, Comrade Waheed Olojede, at a ceremony attended by the national officers of the congress; including the National President of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Dr Abel Afolayan, said “no retreat no surrender.”



“We thank God that the struggle for a new wage which began in 2011, was finally laid to rest with the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari last Thursday. The assent has made it a law, therefore making it incumbent on all employers of labour to pay every Nigerian worker N30, 000 as minimum wage.



“Unfortunately, leaders of governments at all tiers are enemies of workers. They never at anytime want to succumb to the provision of the law, when it comes to the right and welfare of the workers. But having secured N30,000, we will make sure all governors implement it 100 per cent.



“The process has the inclusion and full participation of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. We will go ahead in prosecuting 100 per cent of the new pay to the Nigerian workers,” Wabba added.



Afolayan congratulated the pensioners in the state for their support and cooperation which made the project a huge success.
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