FG Begs as Labour Rejects N60,000 Minimum Wage

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In a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun, the ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Nkiruka Onyejeocha, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, appealed to organised labour to be lenient with their demands in the ongoing minimum wage negotiation.

 

While at the Tripartite Committee meeting concerning the Minimum Wage negotiation yesterday, the Federal Government offered Labour N60,000 as the new minimum wage for workers and Organised Labour also presented N494,000 as the new national minimum wage for workers in the country.

 

Mrs Onyejeocha said the federal government had been consistent in taking steps to secure a fair and realistic wage for Nigerian workers, and therefore urged labour to recognize that the nation’s economy is still recovering from the effects of the pandemic and other economic distress.

 

“We appeal to organised labour and other relevant stakeholders to be considerate and patriotic in their demands, recognizing that our economy is still recovering from the devastating effects of the pandemic and other global economic shocks.

 

“We are committed to putting the people first and ensuring that our economic policies benefit all Nigerians, not just a select few.

 

“The government remains dedicated to prioritising the well-being of our citizens, and it wants to urge all relevant parties to demonstrate patriotism and understanding.

 

“This is particularly during this critical period when the President, Bola Tinubu, is working diligently to revitalise the economy,” she said.

 

The minister concluded by saying the government recognized that Nigerians’ economic challenges were complex and multifaceted and called for the collective effort of all stakeholders in order to overcome them.

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