Rant Here much ado about new minimum wage
Afew weeks ago, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss
Mustapha, said the government would soon address the agitation for the upward review of the national minimum wage in a manner that would make workers and all Nigerians smile.
If the same government said this a few weeks ago, why are they still stalling? Why should the Nigeria Labour Congress have to go as far as declaring a strike to get the government’s attention? Was it just mere talk or is it part of the government’s unending promises?
I feel that the long deliberation over the proposed N30, 000 minimum wage is an embarrassment to the nation. I just hope the price of fuel, transport and other commodities won’t be increased as well.
It is so sad that we have a government that is clueless about the fact that minimum wage is an important factor that influences labour management relations.
It is such a disgrace that Nigeria, the supposed giant of Africa, pays one of the lowest minimum wages compared to other third world countries. It is so clear that our leaders do not have regard for our welfare. They find it so difficult to increase the minimum wage; meanwhile, senators get exorbitant allowances. In fact, in my opinion, they are overpaid.
For any country to fully develop, it is essential that the welfare of the workforce is properly catered for because they are the purveyors of development.
If the minimum wage is increased, it will have a ripple effect on tackling extreme poverty in the country. Also, it will improve the standard of living of Nigerians to an extent.
As a Nigerian youth, I believe the government should ensure that the new minimum wage would translate to a better life for the citizenry.
Babajide Macaulay, 33, is an Assistant Lecturer at Federal University of Technology, Akure. He speaks about his concerns for the environment
I actually didn’t know I would end up as a lecturer; it was never a childhood