JUST IN: Tinubu Sent Fresh Message on Recommendation of New Minimum Wage, Details Surface

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FCT, Abuja – Akeem Ambali, the National Treasurer of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has urged President Bola Tinubu to recommend a new minimum wage to the National Assembly after thorough consultations with organized labour. In an interview with The Punch published on Saturday, June 29, Ambali emphasized the importance of engaging labour with realistic data and statistics to reach a fair agreement.

Ambali stated, “Mr. President should concentrate his energy on engaging labour with realistic data and statistics, which can be obtained from the Federal Bureau of Statistics. How much does it take to feed a family in a month? We should be guided by that. Once we are able to do that and we are sincere about it, the president can then engage labour, and we will resolve this amicably.” He further highlighted the necessity for all stakeholders to approach the negotiation with sincerity, advocating for a living wage. Ambali pointed out that the tripartite committee, consisting of government, employers, and employees, needs to work together harmoniously. “It is a tripartite committee. Two are on the same page because they are employers, and the two cumulatively amount to one because they are both employees. It is only the employees that are agitating because they are the ones that feel the pinch; they know where it hurts,” Ambali remarked.

Similarly, Tommy Etim, the Deputy President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), called on President Tinubu to address the suggestions by some Nigerian governors that they should be allowed to determine the wages of their workers independently. Etim emphasized the need for a unified approach to the minimum wage issue to ensure fairness and equity. The NLC and TUC have proposed N250,000 as the new national minimum wage, a figure the government has deemed unrealistic. The organized labour expects President Tinubu to engage with the tripartite committee to reconcile the figures and produce a draft bill for the National Assembly.

Earlier reports from indicated that the organized labour is waiting for President Tinubu to reach out to the tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage. They are also expecting to review a draft of the bill that will be sent to the National Assembly.

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