Written by Chuks NZEH

Minimum wage: FCT workers back NLC 14-day ultimatum

Workers in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have thrown their weight behind the 14 day ultimatum by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to the federal government, to conclude on a new wage bill, or face industrial action.

Speaking on the development, Mr. Bade Alaba, an information technology expert, said, "It is sad to know that the federal government would wait for labour to threaten industrial action for them to implement a policy that they have bragged about. It means that governments in Nigeria are truly the same.

“We were told by the Ministry of Labour that the new minimum wage would be ready by August or September and for the minister to postpone the date indefinitely is unacceptable. We will join the labour leaders to enforce the strike if government defaults.”

Also, Igwe Onyema, a civil servant said "This administration is making themselves less popular ahead of the 2019 general elections, especially now that the entire leadership of the National Assembly has decamped to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. We thought the minimum wage was the joker to entice the working population to the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari, but unfortunately they could not even pull that through as at when the projected the policy to be effective.

“If the NLC goes on strike after 14 days, it would truly depict what several Nigerians have had in mind that this administration those not really care about the citizens especially workers who are the engine room of the economy.”

NLC president, Comrade Ayubba Wabba, had read the position of organized labour,

"the present posturing of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who functioned as acting chairman of that committee brings back painful memories of precious time wasted, energies dissipated and hopes betrayed.

‘’Coupled with this, the minister’s latest pronouncement goes to cast further doubt on the integrity of the government as well as underscores the inherent danger in doing business with government.

“In view of the foregoing, we demand that government does all that is necessary to ensure that the Tripartite Committee is allowed to conclude its work within 14 days from today.”

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