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New minimum wage and the Nigerian worker

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As part of its last act as its end draws closer, the 8th National Assembly on the 18th of march 2019 passed the new minimum wage bill of N30,000 into law.

This is good news for the average Nigerian civil servant whose cry for new wage has been on for a considerable amount of time.

The quest for a new minimum wage by Nigerian civil servants started as far back as roughly four years ago.

Under the umbrella body of the Nigerian Labour Congress (N.L.C.], the workers severally engaged the federal and state governments on a series of dialogues.

They have also engaged in series of demonstration across the country when the dialogues appeared not to be effective.

The N.L.C. has also embarked on strike acrion severally and also threatened to embark on more in their quest for a new improved wage.

The reason for the delay in getting a new, upward wage review is partly owing to the Federal Government ‘s stance that the economy was not viable enough to pay the workers their desired upwardly reviewed wage.

State Governments on their part, complain that the states simply don’t have the funds to pay a new wage system as they are struggling to pay the current one.

As a matter of fact, the State Governors under the body called the Nigerian Governors Forum (N.G.F) stated categorically that if they were to pay the new wage, they won’t be able to embark on any developmental projects in their states.
This caused friction between the workers union and the state governors.

It got so bad that the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress attacked the governors forum in a world conference and called the forum an ‘,unconstitutional body’ that does not exist anywhere else in the world.

After months of negotiations between the Federal Government, led by the minister of labour and productivity Senator Chris Ngige and the leadership of the labour union led by its president, Aliyu Wabba.

The Minister announced to the Nigerian public that the sum of N30. 000 has been agreed upon as the new minimum wage. This was met with groans and complaints by a cross section of civil servants both at the federal and state levels.

The workers complained that the sum of N30,000 was not a reasonable wage when one takes the harsh economic reality in the country into consideration.

The question now is, after the N30,000 minimum wage has been passed into law, what comes next for the Nigerian civil servant?

The economy is no where near what we want it to be.
Inflation is high at a little over 11%. General cost of living is on the rise, and so many things are out of order in the country

The idea behind this article is to let the average worker know that as long as he or she is dependent solely on monthly salary, there might be no Hooray or any jubilations yet because of an increase in the minimum wage.

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