FG, NLC At WAR Over N18 000 Minimum Wage, N23 000 Bag of Rice

The Anambra State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday lambasted the Federal Government, describing Nigeria’s ‘economic doom’ as ‘laughable’.

NLC through its State chairman Jerry Nnubia said it was laughable that salary paid when a bag of rice was sold for N9, 000 is the same salary being paid now that the price a bag of rice has risen to N23, 000.

“A bag of rice today is N23, 000 or more and their minimum wage is N18, 000. This is laughable,” he said.

Speaking at a rally in solidarity with Nasarawa workers who were allegedly brutalised by the police while protesting the reduction of their wages by the state government on July 29, Jerry maintained that any governor who could not pay salaries should resign.

He said: “Why should workers be victims of every economic doom? When we have economic boom nobody remembers workers.

“Our position is that any governor that can’t pay workers’ salaries should resign. Why haven’t the governors sliced their wages and those of their aides?

“We are here today to show solidarity with our members in Nasarawa state who were killed and injured by overzealous policemen at the gate of government house, Nasarawa for opposing a slice in their salary by the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura.”

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