FG Will Address Workers’ Minimum Wage – Ngige

FG Will Address Workers' Minimum Wage - NgigeThe Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, has assured workers that the Federal Government is working hard to alleviate their plights.

The Minister gave the assurance on Monday, shortly after he was forced to stop speaking from the podium at the May Day event in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He explained that the government was putting measures in place, in order to ensure that the private sector was carried along in the payment of minimum wage to workers.

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“On the issue of minimum wage, the workers themselves and their leaders know that we employ what we call tripeptide negotiation. It’s not only the government or public sector that will pay, there will also be private sector people that will obey that law on minimum wage. That is why we’ve tried to carry everybody along.

“We have finished the framework for the composition of the committee and we have passed it on to the government to source for requisite, qualified, fit and proper persons that will man this committee. That is the stage we are in now,” Senator Ngige disclosed to reporters.

He noted that political forces would not be allowed to masquerade as Nigerian workers, to make political statements at the expense of legitimately aggrieved unionists.

The Minister, however reiterated government’s commitment to addressing workers’ challenges such as the minimum wage and backlog of promotion arrears among others.

Reacting to the disruption of the Workers’ Day celebration in the Federal Capital Territory, he said: ”What has happened is like some people who are ignorant, or not really workers have infiltrated this arena and they started causing some problems.

“We are going to address the issue of minimum wage, we are going to also address the issue of backlog of promotion arrears and allowances of all sorts. We captured them in the 2016 budget but for some reasons, the releases were not forthcoming.

“The Senate President has assured that we are going to capture them in the 2017 budget and once it is captured in the appropriation bill, the Minister of Finance will release the money for those payments”.

NLC Demands Fair Tax Justice System In Nigeria

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NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba,

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has demanded a fair tax justice system that will make it mandatory for business organisations to pay tax that is equal to their investment.

The union says at least 50 billion Naira is taken out of Africa annually and that the time to arrest the trend is now.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, believes Africa is being impoverished by the local and multi-national companies which enjoy a tax haven without contributing their profits to the development of the continent.

He urged the Federal Government to reduce the burden of taxation imposed on the average Nigerian worker who ‘compulsorily pays tax regularly’.

Mr Wabba made the call on Wednesday at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, where he led some workers to submit a letter of protest at the Federal Ministry of Finance.

He asked the Nigerian Government to protect Africa’s wealth through an effective tax regime that would provide a tax haven for some people.

The Director of Special Duties at the ministry, Mohammed Dikur, received the protest letter with a promise to ensure it gets to the Minister of Finance.

Anglican Primate Urges NLC To Shelve Minimum Wage Demand 

Minimum WageThe Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has advised the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress to shelve their demand for 56,000 Naira as a new minimum wage saying salary increase has not really helped the situation of the average Nigerian worker.

Addressing a congregation of Anglicans in Abuja, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria and Bishop of Abuja, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh said that the agitation for salary increase can only be done when there is an improvement in the nation’s economy.

He also advised the federal government to urgently address the issue of armed Fulani herdsmen causing havoc in some parts of the country.

He added that it will not augur well for the country if various communities are allowed to resort to self-help.