Minimum Wage Will Determine Workers’ Voting Pattern In 2019 – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says the National Minimum Wage will determine the voting pattern by Nigerian workers in the 2019 general elections.

NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Ozo-Eson said this was due to the delay by President Muhammadu Buhari to transmit an Executive Bill on the agreed N30, 000 National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly to kick-start its implementation.

His words: “I want to say that if this is not addressed now, the minimum wage issue will become the major determinant of the 2019 General Elections.

“I think the government must ensure that it quickly takes this matter up on the table so that it does not get mixed up with the forthcoming general elections in the country,’’ he said.

The NLC General Secretary said that it was already more than a month since the Ama Pepple-led Tripartite Committee submitted its recommendation of N30, 000 report to the president.

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His words: “We are already more than three weeks gone, since the submission of that recommendation of the tripartite committee to Mr President.

“Mr President had promised at the occasion that he will act quickly on it.

“We are disturbed that up till now he has not sent the bill to the National Assembly.

“Therefore, our advice to workers is that those in government who have shown no interest in the welfare of workers, or have unleashed terror on workers, should be voted out.

“We urge our members to use their voting powers to vote such people out,” he said.

The NLC scribe recalled that the minimum wage had been due for review for more than two years.

Ozo-Esonsaid though, the union understood the current economic challenges of the country, government could have still done better if they have the interest of workers at heart.

He said that though, the political parties have started their campaign, the National Assembly had assured workers that legislators would attend to bills of national importance.

The NLC General Secretary also said that the National Assembly members had specifically promised that they would give accelerated hearing if the bill on the minimum wage reached them.
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