Two members of the National Assembly have expressed opposing views on the new minimum wage demand presented to the government by the organised labour unions in the country.
Recall that the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress last week jointly presented an official demand to the federal government to upwardly review the current minimum wage from N18,000 to N56, 000.
Reacting to the demand, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Senator representing the Bayelsa East constituency, in Bayelsa State commented on the issue via his Tweeter handle where he wrote: “Why should Nigerian masses who pay tax earn ₦18K while their leaders who spend it earn millions? The time to increase minimum wage is NOW!”
However a member of the Federal House of Representatives, Olajide Jimoh, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to tread softly with the Federal Government on the proposed national minimum wage proposal of N56,000.
He disclosed this in his Lagos Office, while reacting to Labour’s demand.
He said the proposal presented should not be at this time when the country is experiencing dwindling economy.
Jimoh, who is representing Lagos Mainland Constituency added: “nothing wrong in presenting a proposal to the federal government by labour but not at this time.”
According to him, although, the Federal Government should always think about the betterment of civil servants which is part of the plan of this administration.
“But whatever we want to do both the Labour Union and government, I think the Labour Law should be considered which is of necessity,” he added.
Jimoh said when there is an improvement in the economy, the federal, state and local governments should consider the proposal and do the necessary things so that it would be easy to have effective and efficient work force in Nigeria.
While congratulating Nigerian civil servants on workers day, he urged them to be more committed, transparent and shun any act of corruption.
“Nigeria civil workers should help drive the change agenda of the present administration with a view to providing effective and efficient services to Nigerians,” he added.