#WorkersDay: PDP Woos Labour With Wage Promise Ahead Of 2019
One thing that Nigerian workers are looking forward to is minimum wage increase and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is making a promise to increase their wages by 2019, but that is if they will win the Presidential election.
They want it now but the leader of a faction of the PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, is promising workers wage increment, if the party returns to power in 2019.
The party, ousted after 16 years in power, is promising to pay reasonable minimum wage, but what is reasonable was not mentioned.
Labour unions have asked for a 56,000 Naira minimum wage, insisting that the review is long overdue.
The current minimum wage is 18,000 Naira.
In a statement by his deputy, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, on Monday in Abuja, Senator Sheriff congratulated the workers on the 2017 Workers’ Day, and urged them to put in more efforts in making Nigeria great.
According to him, the appeal is important, as Nigeria needs everyone to be involved in the rebuilding process that would take it to greater heights.
“When we take over power, we shall address minimum wage that will ensure workers’ pay will not only take them home, but will be able to also cater for the families and pay school fees.
“We understand the difficulties the nation is going through at the moment, but a government can only be changed through the ballots.
“2019 will be another opportunity to change power; then, the workers will know what it means to have PDP back in power,” an optimistic Sheriff said.
He highlighted that the PDP was not just seeking to take over power, but was also looking forward to partnering with labour to emancipate citizens, no matter their tribe or religion.
Most Nigerian states are finding it hard to pay workers the 18,000 Naira minimum wage and the economic recession has worsened the situation.
There has been reduced allocation to states due to drop in the crude price and reduced output due to the resurgence of militancy in the South-South.
The present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is making efforts to address agitations of militants in the region, and the efforts appear to be yielding results, as output has increased.