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Labour Strike: Nigerian Government announces N35,000 as provisional wage for workers

*Mohammed Idris, Minister for Information and National Orientation, discloses Nigerian Government has announced N35,000 only as provisional wage award for all treasury-paid Federal workers for six months after further consultation with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Government has announced N35,000 only as provisional wage award for all treasury-paid Federal workers for six months, following further consultation with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

ConsumerConnect reports the announcement followed the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Government’s  representatives with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) held Sunday, October 1, 2023, in Abuja, FCT.

The government had convened the meeting on ongoing measures to address the dispute arising from the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

Malam Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation, in a statement issued night on Sunday, October 1 said the Federal Government urged the Labour unions not to embark on strike as the issues in dispute could only be resolved when workers are at work.

Idris said the Nigerian Government and the Organised Labour thus noted the following after the meeting:

  1. i) The Federal Government has announced N35,000 only as provisional wage award for all treasury-paid federal government workers for six months following further consultation with President Bola Tinubu.
  2. ii) The Federal Government is committed to fast-tracking the provision of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to ease public transportation difficulties associated with the removal of PMS subsidy.

iii) The Federal Government commits to the provision of funds for micro and small-scale enterprises.

  1. iv) VAT on diesel will be waived for the next 6 months.
  2. v) The Federal Government will commence payment of N75,000 to 15 million households at N25,000 per month, for a three-month period from October-December 2023.

Other highlights of decisions reached at the meeting

The Minister stressed that light of the discussions held during the meeting, the following were the also stated as major highlights:

  1. i) The Federal Government urged the Labour unions not to embark on strike action as the issues in dispute can only be resolved when workers are at work.
  2. ii) Labour Unions made case for higher wage award.

iii) A sub-committee to be constituted to work out the details of implementation of all items regarding government interventions to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.

  1. iv) The lingering matter of Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State needs to be addressed urgently.

v.) NLC and TUC will consider the offers by the Federal Government with a view to suspending the planned strike to allow for further consultations on the implementation of the resolutions above.

Idris further stated that Governor Abdulrazak Abdulrahman of Kwara State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, participated virtually in the meeting, chaired by the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Also in attendance were the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, the Minister of State, Labour, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Abubakar  Atiku Bagudu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anite, the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

The Minister added that the Labour delegation was led by NLC President, Joe Ajaero, Dr. Tommy Etim Okon, Deputy President, TUC,  NLC General Secretary, Emma Ugboaja, and TUC General Secretary, Nuhu Toro, among others.

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