The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law a bill that raised the country’s minimum wage from 18,000 Naira to 30,000 Naira (Around 83 USD).
The union lauded the decision in a statement attributed to its General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson.
The statement urged both the government and the private sector to ensure the immediate implementation of the raise, noting that the process had been delayed for almost two years.
“We at the Nigeria Labour Congress wish to express our appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the new national minimum wage bill of N30,000,” the statement read in part.
“We commend Mr President for doing the needful. However, we would use this opportunity to call for immediate implementation of the law, given the fact that this process has dragged on for nearly two years.
“In furtherance of this, we urge employers, particularly federal and state governments, to commence immediate negotiations with the appropriate unions on the impact of the new law on the wage structure with a view to timely and judicious implementation,” it added.
The statement was released just a day after Buhari signed the bill.