The ultimatum coming from the Nigeria labour congress (NLC) in other to press home its demands over the proposed minimum wage in disagreement with federal and state government ends on the 2 of January and by implication, the nation would be short dawn crippling every activity.
This development is said not to go down well with the government as it pleads with organised labour to shelve its decision!
Reacting further, the minister of information and culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the appeal while at the presidential villa in Abuja with Aso rock correspondents and that which is monitored by urban express news correspondent
describes the NLC as “a very patriotic union,” said he was confident the organized labour would not do anything to embarrass the government or Nigerians.
He said: “The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) 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.
The organised labour had on Thursday given the ultimatum following Buhari’s statement on Wednesday when he presented the 2019 Appropriation Bill of N8.83trillion at the joint session of the National Assembly that a “high-powered technical committee” would be set up to device ways to ensure that implementation of the new minimum wage would not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.
However, the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, who addressed newsmen on Thursday, expressed organised labour’s reservation over the President’s position, saying that setting up a technical committee could not be a condition for passing the minimum wage report to the National Assembly, saying: “We reject in its entirety, the plan to set up another ‘high powered technical committee’ on the minimum wage. It is diversionary and a delay tactics.”
“Continuous engagement, I think, is the key. We will continue to engage them and I think they do also fully understand what the challenges are, and both parties are determined to ensure that common ground is arrived at which will be comfortable for all.”
The minister also noted that the Buhari administration had delivered on its promises to Nigerians, saying: “We are happy that we have been able to meet all our promises, all our obligations to Nigerians.“And as the year rolls out, we are more determined to deliver more to Nigerians.”