…Says he’s dedicated to new nationwide wage
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA- PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with the organised personal sector to not retrench their employees in a bid to pay the brand new N30,000 nationwide minimal wage.
The President has additionally assured Nigerian employees that he was dedicated to make sure the cost of latest nationwide minimal wage to higher the lives of the citizenry.
President Buhari who addressed Lagos Enterprise Group on the sideline of the continuing All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential marketing campaign mentioned he would proceed to face agency with the employees on the implementation of latest minimal wage.
Whereas showering praises on the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on his efforts in direction of guaranteeing that the employees have new wage, the President described him as very competent and environment friendly.
On the assembly included the Organized Non-public Sector; Producers Affiliation of Nigeria (MAN) Nigerian Affiliation of Chambers of Commerce, Trade, Mines and Agriculture(NACCIMA) Nigerian Affiliation of Small and Medium Enterprises, Nigerian Employers Consultative Affiliation (NECA) captains of industries and monetary specialists.
Studying a ready speech, President Buhari shocked his viewers when he turned down the standard standing ovation, asking them to fairly sit down and listen to one other story he needed to inform concerning the Nationwide Minimal Wage.
He mentioned that he had been in assist of the New Minimal Wage proper from the beginning due to the prevailing inflationary fee and the rising value of residing because the final the final Minimal Wage got here to impact in 2011, including nevertheless that he had little reservation which an Hausa folklore would greatest specific.
He mentioned although he isn’t Hausa, fairly a mix of Fulani by father and Kanuri by mom, the Daura the place he was born and grew up was a pure Hausa settlement.
The folklore, the President narrated was a couple of sure mentally deranged Hausa lady who went to the bush to fetch firewood. “The girl after tying a load of firewood found she wouldn’t be capable of elevate it, but sure passersby urged her to collect extra firewood since she had so many individuals to feed.
“The girl paid heed and gathered much more firewood and ended up not having the ability to both elevate her preliminary load of firewood or the later additions.”
He recalled that many states in addition to personal sectors couldn’t pay the present Minimal Wage therefore prompting the Federal Authorities to provide bailout to some states.
President Buhari subsequently appealed for the dedication of all stakeholders to make sure the sleek implementation of the brand new wage with out retrenchment and its consequent social disequilibrium.
He notably counseled the Minister of Labour and Employment , Senator Chris Ngige whom he described as “a reliable, efficient and energetic Minister,” for midwifing negotiations for nearly two years and providing him helpful recommendation in addition to correctly conveying and advising the tripartite members on authorities place.