Nigeria Labour Congress, numbering over three thousand, are currently gathered at the Unity Fountain, Abuja from where they intend to proceed to the National Assembly to protest against plans to amend the national minimum wage act.
NLC stage walkout at NASS over plans to amend national minimum wage
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba is leading the protest.
As at the time of filing this brief report, on Wednesday morning, some of the protesters spotted by our correspondent on the ground, carried placards with inscriptions such as: “On National Minimum Wage We Stand”, No To Minimum Wage on Concurrent List, “Yes To Minimum Wage on Exclusive List”.
Shortly before proceeding to the NASS, Wabba said minimum wage issues are not something to be toyed with, insisting that workers who generate the wealth of the nation, deserves a fair minimum wage.
Recall that the protest, according to the organizers is not unconnected with a fresh plot by the National Assembly to review the new national minimum wage, removing it from the Exclusive List to the Concurrent List.
While the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress has accused state governors of being behind the plot, the bill has already scaled first and second reading on the floor of the House of Representatives.
If passed, it may empower states to fix minimum wages as they deem fit, without necessarily adhering to the N30,000 wage benchmarks.
The bill is being sponsored by Honourable Garba Mohammed of Sabon Gari Federal Constituency, Kaduna State.

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