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Minimum wage of #48,000 is Almajiri offer – Shehu Sani attacks Nigerian govt

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Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani, has described the N48,000 minimum wage proposed by the Federal Government as an “Almajiri offer.”

FIDELINFO reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, had rejected the N48,000 proposed by the Federal Government as minimum wage for public service workers.

The government had made the proposal during the resumed tripartite committee meeting with the organized labour on Wednesday.

Disagreeing, the labour exited the meeting, which was held virtually.

A labour leader, who was part of the meeting, expressed his disappointment with the Federal Government’s attitude towards a living wage for workers.

“What the government has presented to us is a wage reduction. This government is not serious about giving workers a living wage,” the labour leader who did not want his name mentioned said.

During the May Day celebration, President Bola Tinubu had promised workers a living wage, assuring them that their days of waiting for a living wage were over.

NLC and TUC proposed N615,000 as minimum wage, citing the high cost of living as the yardstick for the proposal.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, which had earlier declared that the least paid worker in the private sector was N78,000, presented N54,000 as the new minimum wage.

Reacting, Sani posted on X: “48k minimum wage is an Almajiri offer to Labour; but quarter moi moi is better than none.”

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