As the World celebrate the Workers Day, civil servants in the Federal Capital Territory appealed to the Federal Government to effect an increase in the national minimum wage.

Minimum wage is the least amount of remuneration that an employer is required to pay wage earners for the work performed during a given period of time, which cannot be reduced.

The main purpose of minimum wage is to protect workers against unduly low pay and the current minimum wage in Nigeria is N18,000 per month since 2011.

Labour has recommended N56,000 and most respondents to a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) vox pop agreed with the amount.

They decried the harsh economy in the country, asking government to prioritize the raise.

“We workers shall be most grateful to our able president if he can use his good discretion and initiative to consider a minimum wage of 56,000 to 60,000 as minimum.

“We will be very grateful to him and continue to pray for him,” said a staff of the Ministry of Trade and Investment, Sunny Onojah.

Same was the tone across different demographics but one Madam Joy was, however, more ambitious.

She demanded from government the kind of money paid to lawmakers in the National Assembly.

“They are eating government’s money. We workers who are suffering, doing the work and exhausting our strength are supposed to be treated better than those people who sit under air conditioner to discuss a little thing and they give them money with Ghana-must-go,” she said.


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