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President Muhammadu Buhari

Stakeholders in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) have urged the 30-member committee on new national minimum wage to conclude its speedily, to enable Nigerian workers to have a new lease of life.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday inaugurated the committee headed by Ms Amal Pepple, a former Head of the Civil Service and former Minister of Housing.

The stakeholders who spoke with a NAN correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday expressed concern over the lack of time frame in the committee’s assignment.

Reacting to the observation, Mr Issa Aremu, the General Secretary of National Union of Textile and Garment Workers of Nigeria (NUTGWN), said that the expectations of workers were high and as such, the deliberations of the committee should not be endless.

“This negotiation should not be endless; there should be a time frame that should not be more than six months; so, we are looking at the first quarter of next year.

“Today with naira devaluation, national minimum wage is around 40 dollars. The salaries can hardly take working men and women home with all the attendant negative implications on income, poverty and low productivity.

“We, therefore, look forward to a mutually speedy, rewarding negotiation on a new minimum wage.

“The negotiation committee should be fair and just to workers and the national economy in line with the President’s inaugural speech.”

Aremu said the increase in workers’ salaries and wages would fast track the…



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