Labour union members

The Organized Labour has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the National Minimum Wage Amendment Act into law.

Concise News reported that Buhari signed it on Thursday in Abuja as he assured that its implementation will take immediate effect.

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While reacting to the development, the President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Kaigama said it was long overdue.

“We want to appreciate Mr President for assenting to the Bill on the National Minimum Wage. We also want to use this opportunity to congratulate Nigerian workers,” he noted.

“We also want to use this opportunity to tell the Nigerian workers that the battle for the actualisation of N30,000 minimum wage is not yet over.

“We still have to wait for the template to be released by the National Salaries and Wages Commission.

“We want our members to be very calm and await the release of the table and also the consequential increases.”

He, however, said “that the states and local governments will have issues on the implementation. That is why I said the battle has started.

“We will begin to hear from states’ government how they will announce the implementation and which of the states that will have one obstacle or the other, and we plan how to confront those governments.

“The Nigerian workers also expect that by May they should start enjoying the new wage and I am sure the implementation has started from today and we also start counting the areas from today.”