Islamic group backs NLC on minimum wage

An Islamic group, Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWG), has declared its support for the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on its demand that National Minimum Wage should not be moved from exclusive list to concurrent list.

The group in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi in Lagos, Monday night, said such a step would pauperise the Nigerian public service workers, increase poverty and aggravate untold hardship on civil servants across the country.

Abdullahi also cautioned some politicians against what he described as selfish and materialistic tendencies of some of them which had blindfolded them to treat public servants as slaves.

The group said: “Inability of some states to pay approved National Minimum Wage of N30,000 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari stems from governors’ lack of concern for the state workers, corruption in the system featuring under-inflated contracts, humongous and unaccountable monthly Security Votes by states administration, ghost workers syndrome both at the states and local governments, large number of idle political appointees and lack of holistic desire to improve IGR at the states level’’.

The group, however, called on all members of the National Assembly and States House of Assemblies across the whole federation to reject the ill-motivated bill of retrogression currently in the NASS.

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