It may be an uphill task for the National Minimum Wage Review Committee to recommend the 66, 500 naira request by labour, considering the present state of the economy.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, while speaking the minds of some governors at the Public Hearing on Minimum Wage for the South South Zone in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said states should be allowed to determine the salaries to pay workers in their respective states, based on their capacity.
Dogara, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, to mark 2018 Workers' Day celebration, reiterated the desire of the House to provide a better life for workers. Government is also capitalisiang on the division to delay in the approval, " Okoro said.
Mr Innocent Orji-Kalu, a railway worker, said that there was need to increase the wage of Nigeria workers because inflation had eroded the current N18,000 minimum wage.
As Nigerian workers keep their fingers crossed and wait for the outcome of the National Minimum Wage Committee recommendation, it is expected that the agitations for pay rise may continue to be on the top burner at every gathering of the working class. We are concerned about the welfare of Nigerian workers.
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The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the Speaker said he was not unmindful of the struggles and hardship faced by Nigerian workers in their daily lives.
Organized Labour seeks uniform pay rise for all Nigerian workers but government, represented by states advocate the removal of the issue of wages from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list where federal, states and local government can decide their pay separately.
The choice of N96,000 as a minimum wage was arrived at after all key "factors and indicators" were taken into consideration.
He expressed optimism that the Federal government Committee on Minimum Wage which is now conducting public hearings across the six geo-political zones in the country will soon conclude its assignment and a new national minimum wage bill will be transmitted to the parliament by the president.