48,000 Minimum Wage, An “Almajiri Offer” to NLC — Shehu Sani

48,000 Minimum Wage, An “Almajiri Offer” to NLC — Shehu Sani

by Victor Ndubuisi

The Federal Government’s planned N48,000 minimum salary has drawn criticism from former Kaduna Central Senator Shehu Sani, who dubbed it a “Almajiri offer.”

According to the article, the Federal Government’s proposal for a minimum wage for public service workers has been rejected by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC).

On Wednesday, the proposal was made during a tripartite committee meeting with organised labour that was resumed.

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In response, labour representatives disagreed and left the virtual gathering. During the meeting, a labour leader voiced his dissatisfaction with the Federal Government’s position on providing workers with a livable wage.


“What the government has presented to us is a wage reduction. This government is not serious about giving workers a living wage,” the labour leader who did not want his name mentioned said.

Bola Tinubu promised to introduce a living wage and reassured workers that their days of waiting for one were gone during the May Day celebration.

In response, the TUC and NLC suggested a minimum salary of N615,000, basing their proposal on the high cost of living.

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The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), which had earlier claimed that the lowest-paid employee in the private sector made N78,000, suggested N54,000 as the new minimum wage during the meeting on Wednesday.

Reacting, Sani posted on X Handle : “48k minimum wage is an Almajiri offer to Labour; but quarter moi moi is better than none.”



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