Read Comrade Aremu’s message to Senate over passage of new 30,000 minimum wage

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Comrade Aremu

Former labour party Governorship candidate in kwara state, Comrade Issa Aremu mni has hailed the Nigerian Senate for the passage of the National Minimum Wage Bill of N30,000 into law.

The Senate, on Tuesday March 19, approved a national minimum wage of N30,000 per month for Nigerian workers.

The passage followed the lawmakers’ unanimous adoption of a report of the tripartite committee on National Minimum Wage Bill, 2019, which recommended N30,000 as against N27,000 proposed by the Federal Government.

Comrade Aremu observed that the passed National Minimum Wage Bill, 2019, is the most singular bill that touches on the working people by the outgoing 8th National Assembly.

He commended the leadership of the Senate and entire senators of the Federal Republic for identifying with the struggle of the organized labour and progressive Nigerians for a new minimum wage of N30,000.00 for Nigerian workers.

Aremu also expressed hope that President Muhammadu Buhari would give a quick assent to the bill and urged the governors-elects and employers in private sector to ensure its implementation to alleviate the working poverty of Nigerian workers.

He also said the new minimum wage must be extended to security agencies such as the police, state services, military and paramilitary alike adding that security workers and working people even though they are not unionized.

According to the labour leader, economic recovery would elude Nigerian economy until the country put an end to what he called “persistent crisis of compensation of the working class through enhanced purchasing power which is only possible through prompt and adequate payment of minimum and living wage for the employed workforce”.

He said the key to sustainable development is labour productivity in both public and private sectors which is only possible with motivated paid workers at work and after work through adequate pensions.

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