The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent on the new minimum wage bill.
The NLC general secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, in an interview with newsmen said there has been a delay in Buhari’s actions towards the bill.
The bill which was passed by the National Assembly on March 19, seeks the payment of N30,000 as minimum wage to civil servants.
Stating that workers anticipate the approval of the bill, Ozo-Eson said “We had thought that given all processes before arriving at that point, the long delays in setting up a tripartite committee, the long period before the tripartite committee to now finalise and all the debates that had gone on, the president would have signed the bill into law,” he said.
He, however, admonished the president to sign the bill before this year’s worker’s day on May 1.
He said: “We thought that this was something President would assent to very quickly because as we had earlier indicated, we would want this implementation to be before May.”
“Our position is to call on Mr President to, without further delay, assent to the New National Minimum Wage Bill so that workers can start to enjoy the new minimum wage implementation before May Day.” He added