Workers raise concern on delayed execution of minimum wage.
- NLC urges Buhari to sign the bill, appoint only technocrats in his new cabinet
Nigerian workers have expressed concern over the delay in implementation of the national minimum wage bill and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sign the bill, which the National Assembly had sent to him.
The workers under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) also urged the President to ensure that he appoints only technocrats in the soon-to-be inaugurated federal cabinet.
President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, stated this yesterday in Abuja at the 10th National Delegates’ Conference of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN).
He said enforcing the national minimum wage was long overdue because workers have been patient enough, adding that the implementation at various levels should go on seamlessly.
“We expect the President to sign the national minimum wage bill, which has been sent to him by the National Assembly. It is long overdue, after all, what is N30,000.00, in the current Nigerian economy?
Waba lamented that the inequality gap between the rich and the poor in Nigeria keeps expanding, stressing that there was a need to empower workers so that democracy could work better for all Nigerians.
“Democracy should work for the people and not for a select few. There is a need to empower workers so that democracy can work for all. In other societies, the rich subsidize for the poor, but in our own case, it is the poor that subsidize for the rich.
“We cannot talk of development when the people are impoverished. There is a need to review salaries of public office holders so that we all can be at the same level, what we are asking for are equity and fairness.”
On the new cabinet, Waba said, “President Buhari must be selective in bringing the team that will work with him. He must ensure that only people who have something to offer will be in the cabinet and not those who have impoverished the system.”
Speaking, President of MHWUN, Comrade Josiah Biobelemoye, decried the embarrassing state of the country’s health sector, noting that appointment of minister to the Federal Ministry of Health must not necessarily be only health professionals so as to end politics of exclusion that has taken roots in the ministry.
He pointed out that this would build confidence in Nigerians and make the operating environment more attractive since poor management and brain drain have been the country’s health sector’s major challenges.