NLC to Buhari: Increase workers salary by 50% across board

Ayuba Wabba

Ayuba Wabba NLC President

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order a 50 percent salary review for workers “across the board given the realities on ground.”

The labour union made the recommendation in a letter dated 8 August to President Muhammadu Buhari, in a reaction to the recommendations of the Nigeria Governors Forum.

The Governors recommended the elimination of petrol subsidy, the retirement of civil servants from the age of 50, and the reduction of National Assembly constituency projects among other prescriptions.

The union lambasted the Governors for seeking early retirement of workers, saying anyone promoting this idea “should be treated as enemies of your government.”

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Instead of early retirement, the union asked the Buhari-led administration to consider a further increase of worker salaries.

“While we commend you for your thoughtfulness for a wage increase, truth of the matter is that given the misfortune that has befallen the Nigerian populace, especially workers with fixed incomes, there is an urgent need for a massive intervention much deeper than the 22 percent,” the letter, signed by NLC President Ayuba Wabba, said.

“We would recommend a 50 percent salary review across the board given the realities on ground.”

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