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Minimum Wage: Buhari’s govt is workers friendly – Nsukka residents

The president of Nigeria, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has been described by Nsukka residents in Enugu state, as a president, who has the welfare of workers at heart by signing the minimum wage bill into law, saying by this gesture, he has demonstrated that his administration is workers friendly.

The residents, in a separate interview with newsmen in Nsukka local government area today, Friday, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the N30, 000 new National Minimum Wage Bill into Law.

The Vanguard reports that Mr George Ngwu, Chairman of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Nsukka Local Government Area, said the president had shown that he had the welfare of workers at heart by signing the bill into law.

“By this gesture, he has demonstrated that his administration is workers friendly. The N30, 000, when implemented, will help to increase the purchasing power of workers as well as enable them to attend to other family needs,” he said.

Ngwu, however, urged the president to ensure that governors implement the new minimum wage, to put a smile on the faces of workers. “Now that the president has given assent to the new national minimum wage, he should go a step further to ensure that all state governors implement it.”

Mrs Njideka Edeh, a civil servant, said she was as happy like a newborn child yesterday when she heard that Mr President had assented to N30, 000 new national minimum wages for workers. “I commend Buhari for signing the new national minimum wage into law as well as saying that the implementation should start on April 18.

“Though N30, 000 is not capable of solving all the financial problems of civil servants, based on the present economic hardship in the country, but it will to an extent reduce them,” she urged.

Mr James Ozioko, a trader, described the signing of the bill into law as a welcome development, adding that it would go a long way to increase the purchasing power of workers. “Traders make good sales when civil servants have money because when a worker has money, he or she will enter the market to buy what he or she needs. “I am happy that the President has signed the N30,000 new national minimum wage bill law, traders are going to make more sales when implemented,” he said.

Vanguard reports confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday,  signed into law, the N30,000 new minimum wage bill and ordered that its implementation should take effect from April 18.

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Joseph Athanasius

Joseph Athanasius is a Public Affairs Commentator and News Writer at InfoGuide Nigeria News.

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