The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has applauded the House of Representatives and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) for endorsing the N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage recommended by the Tripartite Committee set up by the Federal Government.
The Congress in a statement issued by its national president, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama and national secretary, Comrade Musa -Lawal Ozidi, also urged the Senate to do the needful.
“As far as welfare is concerned the position of the lawmakers have in no small measure given workers a sense of belonging.
“Truth be told, the N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage that we are even asking for to a family of six actually amounts to less than N50 per meal per person.
“ It is exclusive of utility bills, school fees, etc. Given our extended family system we are also expected to once in awhile extend hands of fellowship to parents, in-laws, relations, friends who have lost their jobs and brothers and sisters in the faith.
“We recall that the lawmakers gave their word to speedily facilitate the National Minimum Wage Bill speedy whenever it was brought before it and they have kept their word.
“To us, it means we still have men and women with milk of kindness. While we thank you for the brave move, we also urge you to follow the bill through until the Senate and the Federal Government give a go-ahead to effect payment.
“This position of N30, 000 can be achieved if the governors have the people at heart.” The statement said.