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Minimum Wage: Buhari Gets Kudos For Premium On Workers’ Welfare In Nigeria

– An initiative has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari on his commitment to the welfare of workers in Nigeria

– The group said the decision of the organized labour to suspend its planned nationwide strike as laudable

– According to the group, the Buhari-led administration has shown itself to be a labor friendly federal government

The New Initiative for Credible Leadership (NICL) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his commitment to the welfare of workers in Nigeria.

The initiative said the president upon assumption of office in May 2015, discovered that state governments and some federal government agencies were owing workers many months of salary arrears and he swung into action immediately.

Speaking on the development at a press briefing on Tuesday, November 7, the executive director of NICL, Reverend Steven Onwu, said the decision of the organized labor to suspend its planned nationwide strike as laudable.

Onwu said the Buhari-led administration has shown itself to be a labor friendly federal government.

He said: “If the country permits, the Buhari led administration would be paying far higher than the amount the labor union is currently demanding.”

The initiative said had the previous administrations between year 2006 and 2015 invested in upgrading Nigeria’s critical infrastructure as a nation, the present government will not be burdened with such enormous responsibility.

“Whilst the government is spending on critical infrastructure, it is also carrying out the largest social intervention program in the history of the country.

“The Buhari government despite all this commitments has not relegated the issues of welfare of workers but has continued to improve on their welfare.

“The FG has made more funds available to the federal mortgage bank to address the housing difficulties workers may be going through. The government is carrying out massive reforms in the health sector and investing in better infrastructure, same with the education sector. All these are part of effort to make life better for the Nigerian worker

“We commend president Buhari again for always doing all within his power to make sure national interest comes first. This latest step in agreeing to increase the national minimum wage is another promise kept by this government despite obvious and glaring financial constraints,” he said.

It was previously reported that President Buhari has commended Nigerian workers on Tuesday, November 6, after receiving the report of the national minimum wage tripartite committee in which N30,000 was negotiated as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

The president who enumerated some of the achievements of his administration said he is committed to having a new minimum wage act in the very near future.

He also promised to quickly send the bill to the national assembly as soon as possible. Going further, the president ask for patience as all details concerning the new minimum wage is being sorted out.

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