On the new min­i­mum wage ag­i­ta­tion

Weekly Trust - - Weekend -

Iam sit­ting down qui­etly await­ing the out­come of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween labour lead­ers and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment on the new min­i­mum wage and try­ing to fig­ure out how the fate of un­em­ployed Nige­ri­ans is be­ing con­sid­ered in the light of pos­si­ble rise in prices of goods and ser­vices af­ter the in­crease is ef­fected. While it is good to think that work­ers need bet­ter wages, it is also good to be mind­ful of the af­ter­math of the pos­si­ble in­crease as peo­ple who are not work­ing at all would still have to face im­mi­nent in­fla­tion ac­com­pa­ny­ing the wage in­crease along­side salary earn­ers. It there­fore goes to sug­gest that gov­ern­ment should put in place a price con­trol mech­a­nism to pre­vent ar­bi­trary hike in prices of es­sen­tial com­modi­ties as soon as it ap­proves the wage in­crease.

Dorothy Amani, Kado, Abuja

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