FG tack­les Saraki on bud­get, begs Labour on min­i­mum wage

Weekly Trust - - News - Is­mail Mu­dashir

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day tack­led the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Sen­a­tor Bukola Saraki for de­scrib­ing the 2019 bud­get pro­posal as a hope­less doc­u­ment.

Saraki had on Thurs­day urged Nige­ri­ans not to ex­pect much from it.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment also ap­pealed to the or­gan­ised labour to dis­card its De­cem­ber 31 ul­ti­ma­tum over lin­ger­ing dis­agree­ment with state govern­ments on the pro­posed N30, 000 na­tional min­i­mum wage.

The Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture, Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed made the ap­peal while re­spond­ing to ques­tions from State House Cor­re­spon­dents.

On Saraki, Mo­hammed said, “It is not the prac­tice of the ex­ec­u­tive to be ex­chang­ing words with the leg­isla­tive arm of gov­ern­ment, they are in­de­pen­dent, we are in­de­pen­dent but to the best of our knowl­edge, we pre­sented a bud­get given the cir­cum­stances of our re­sources this year. It is left for the Na­tional As­sem­bly to con­sider it.”

On the NLC’s ul­ti­ma­tum, he said: “The Nige­ria Labour Congress is a very pa­tri­otic union and I am very con­fi­dent that they will not do any­thing that will em­bar­rass the gov­ern­ment or do any­thing that is go­ing to worsen the sit­u­a­tion. Con­tin­u­ous en­gage­ment I think is the key, we con­tinue to en­gage them and I think they do also fully un­der­stand what the chal­lenges are.”

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