A Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has declared support for labour unions in Nigeria over the N30,000 new minimum wage demand.
Sani, while urging state governors willing to pay N22,000 as new wage to add N8,000 to meet the demands of the workers said Nigeria’s economy can sustain the N30,000 minimum wage.
“NLC’s nationwide mass protest is commendable.Those who can pay 22k as minimum wage should just add 8k to make it 30k” Sani said on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Nigeria’s economy can sustain it. The struggle must continue,” he added.
This is coming after The Chairman of Governors Forum, Abdul’aziz Yari after a briefing from the forum’s representatives at the Tripartite Committee on Tuesday night said the governors agreed to pay a national minimum wage of N22,500.
Following the governors declaration, the union insisted it would take nothing less than N30,000 as new minimum wage and threatened to vote out any government that refuses to meet its demand.
It gave the ultimatum in a nationwide protest it held to reaffirm its position and warn Nigerians to stock up on food as the countdown to its planned November 6, 2018 strike nears zero.
The lawmaker, however, said he will add a “strong voice of solidarity” to the workers demand at the National Assembly.
The National Assembly is currently on recess with plenary scheduled to resume November 6th, 2018.