By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The leadership of Unified Nigerian Youth Forum (UNYF), has hailed the goodwill of President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the new minimum wage bill into law.
UNYF congratulated the organized labour, the civil servants and all progressive civil societies who joined in the struggle towards the actualization of the signing into law the N30, 000 minimum wage.
Abdulsalam Mohammed President, Unified Nigerian Youth Forum, in a statement said President Muhammad Buhari has further demonstrated his readiness towards ensuring the best welfare package for Nigerian workers.
“The efforts of the combined leadership of the 8th assembly and their members will never be forgotten in a hurry on the new minimum wage, and as such appealed to the yet to be inaugurated 9th assembly to sponsor more bills that will further provide better working conditions for our civil servants.
“As key stakeholders in the system, we passionately call on the President to ensure that all the states governors implement the N30,000 minimum wages which will further reduce corruption in our civil service.
“The N30,000 minimum wage is still small considering the amount our political office holders earn doing nothing, rather than sleeping in the chamber, but yet, its on record that many of our legislatures could not sponsor a bill or a motion in the last 3 and half years in both state and national assembly, despite series of training and re-training.
“Up till date, some states like Zamfara, Kwara and others, could not pay the N18,000 minimum wage, while states like Kogi, Zamfara and Benue are still owing series of salaries and yet Edo State is paying over N25,000 without owing.
“We call on Mr. President to ensure the full implementation of the #30,000 minimum wage across the 36 states of the federation without any complain from our various state governors.
“In most advanced nations, salaries are paid to workers on time, but in Nigeria despite the bail out fund, Paris refund and other series of interventions from federal government and other loans, our sate governors refused to pay civil servants salaries and yet they are comfortable to use huge amount of money to get themselves re-elected into office.
“Considering the history of salary increments, the economic reality in the country make the prices of commodities to go up, we call on Mr. President to set up a price control committee with immediate effect to monitor the activities of buyers and sellers, which will further help the salary increments useful to the civil servants.
“It is not over yet to organized labour and other progressive civil societies, we must all ensure that, the implementation of N30,000 by our common enemies (state governors) see the light of the day.
“The state governors are able to pay even more than the N30,000 but unwilling to pay. We are ready to partner with the organized labour to cripple the economy of any state governor, who is not ready to implement the said amount, if they could get a loan to buy votes, they should be ready to get loan to pay the civil servants who are the engine room of the economy,” the statement explained.”