30,000 minimum wage not enough for Nigerian worker – Dogara insists

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said the proposed N30,000 new national minimum wage is not enough for Nigerian workers considering current economic realities in the country.

Dogara made the statement on Monday, January 28, at the adhoc committee on the minimum wage public hearing, Vanguard reports.

The speaker said the only way to curb corruption in Nigeria is for the government to pay a living wage and not just a minimum wage.

In a related report, members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) are scheduled to visit the National Assembly for a public hearing to discuss the N27,000 minimum wage bill presented to NASS by the federal government

The workers union has accused the federal government of reducing the recommended N30,000 to N27,000 the without involving necessary groups in the committee.

Meanwhile, Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment has said the national minimum wage of N27, 000 is standard for all workers, but the federal government will pay federal workers N30,000.

The minister made this known in a statement signed by lliya Rhoda, assistant director of press, of the ministry in Abuja on Saturday, January 26.

According to the minister, President Muhammadu Buhari constituted a tripartite committee on national minimum wage in November 2018 to consider the issue and recommend a new national minimum wage.

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