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Minimum Wage: NANS Backs NLC, Urges FG To Accept Labour’s Demands 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has expressed its support for the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in their demand for an increase in the national minimum wage.

On Friday, the NLC announced an indefinite nationwide strike set to commence on Monday, 3rd of June, 2024, citing the Federal Government’s refusal to raise the proposed minimum wage above N60,000.

The NLC President Joe Ajaero, stated that the strike follows unsuccessful negotiations between the government and organized labour.

Despite the government’s final offer of N60,000, which was recently increased from an initial N57,000, the labour unions deemed the proposal inadequate.

In a statement on Sunday, the NANS President, Pedro Obi, urged the government to respond promptly and favourably to the legitimate demands of Nigerian workers.

Obi highlighted the impact of economic challenges on the purchasing power of workers, stating, “The current economic realities have significantly eroded the purchasing power of the average Nigerian worker. Inflation, the rising cost of living, and the continuous devaluation of the naira have made it increasingly difficult for many families to meet their basic needs.”

Obi further emphasized the necessity of a living wage, saying, “It is within this context that the organized labour demands for a living wage become not only reasonable but also imperative.

“The youth and student population of Nigeria are directly affected by the welfare of our parents and guardians, who are predominantly workers and civil servants. An improved minimum wage would translate into better living conditions for millions of Nigerian families, thereby fostering a more conducive environment for students to focus on their education and personal development.”

He called on the government to engage the labour unions in constructive and meaningful negotiations to reach a mutually beneficial agreement on the minimum wage.

The statement added, “NANS believes that a prompt resolution to this issue is vital for maintaining industrial harmony and ensuring that our educational institutions continue to function without disruptions.

“We stand ready to support the labour movement and the Nigerian workers in their quest for a fair and just wage. We call on all students, civil society organizations, and concerned citizens to lend their voices to this cause and to advocate for a just resolution that ensures the dignity and well-being of every Nigerian worker.”

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