The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has urged the Federal Government to finalize negotiation over the new minimum wage.
This came from the National President of the Union Olabode Johnson in Abuja at the 40th anniversary on Tuesday.
Johnson said, “We need to give priority to the issue of minimum wage now before the political campaigns start in full by next month, all parties need to agree on a particular amount on this issue.
According to him, “PENGASSAN, as an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, we are also bound to look at the dictates of the agreement.
“ When you look at the issue of the new minimum wage, you will agree that it is long overdue.
“You must be able to give Nigerians a minimum wage. Look at the current hardship, look at depreciation; look at what everybody is facing.
“I also want to appeal to the Federal and state governments, Nigeria Employers Consultative Assembly, (NECA), and other stakeholders, that a stitch in time saves nine.
“ Whatever everybody is supposed to do, because, by the end of November, politics will start; so now is the time to do everything we have to do in that regard.”
He added that “The issue of minimum wage we want to appeal to the government to give it a priority.
“Let this bickering of N24,000, N25,000 and N30,000 be sorted out so that you don’t create an impression with Nigerians that you are insensitive to their plights. Let us pay everybody his or her due.”