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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Adams Oshiomhole has advised the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to be aggressive if it wants the new minimum wage implemented.
Oshiomhole, who is a former Chairman of the NLC advised the Congress at a reception in honour of Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
The implementation of the national minimum wage is yet to be implemented since President Muhammadu Buhari approved it in April.
“We have to do things differently about minimum wage,” he said, noting that whereas prices of goods and services had gone up astronomically in the country, workers wages have remained static.
“So if every other cost is changing, and labour cost is constant…, somebody is being squeezed.
“Rising crises, stagnant wages, a very miserable lifestyle, and you have to fight for that.
“And we now see in Nigeria the difference between signing an agreement and the challenge of translating those laws, and even the contradiction of signing laws first before getting consultants to tell us how to implement these laws.
“Just to tell you that from inside, I am much more convinced that unions should not only exist but should have the capacity and ruthlessly deploy that capacity to ensure that the resources of states are dissipated in favour of working people and working families.”
On the growing Nigeria population, the APC Chairman called on the government to do something about the growth which was at 3%, as against 2% national economic growth.