From left: Bauchi State chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Alhaji Mohammed Usman; Gov. Muhammed Abubukar of Bauchi State; and chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Alhaji Hashimu Gital.  Photo: Deji Yake/BJO/NAN

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has lambasted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for allegedly saying that the new minimum wage will be selectively implemented.

Speaking at the 2017 Nigerian Bar Association National Conference held in Lagos recently, Osinbajo said: ”I think that what we are probably going to end up doing is what we have done with some of the parastatals; in other words, identifying certain government services that must be remunerated differently in order to increase efficiency”.

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In his reaction on Tuesday, TUC President Bobboi Bala-Kaigama said: ”NEC-in-session kicks against it and demands that the minimum wage implementation should be holistic and not selective. Minimum wage is for all and remains and should remain in the exclusive list.

”Furthermore, we condemn the delay to constitute the 29-member committee for National Minimum Wage for the country months after it was announced.

”We call on the Federal Government not to task the patience of workers beyond limit as the current wage structure is no longer tenable, when viewed against the economic realities on ground.”