It was jubilation galore for workers at the Katsina Road secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the ancient city of Kano on Tuesday, following the recommendation of the payment of N30, 000 minimum wage, after meeting of the tripartite Committee in Abuja that led to the immediate suspension of the proposed nation-wide strike.
The Kano chapter leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) gathered at the secretariat where they urged workers in the ancient commercial city to go back to work as they await timely enactment and implementation of the proposed N30, 000 minimum wage.
Addressing a Press Conference at the secretariat, NLC chairman in the state, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir, noted that the struggle was not yet over as he prayed for speedy implementation of the new minimum wage, so as to put smiles on workers faces.
According to him, “there are still several bridges to cross before the new minimum wage becomes law and implemented. It is our collective commitment and dedication that has made the progress so far as possible.
“We need to stand ready in a state of full mobilization in case future action becomes necessary to push for the timely enactment and implementation of the new minimum wage. As such, I, therefore, call on all our members to immediately report back to their duty posts.”
Minjibir commended the national leadership of NLC, TUC and ULC, “for standing firm on the decision of the Central Working Committee and their resilience to protect the interest of Nigerian workers, especially at this trying period.
“We appreciate equally, our partners in the struggle—the Civil Society Organizations, student unions, Keke NAPEP associations, market men and women, our labour veterans, security agencies, members of the Press, religious leaders and all well-meaning members of the public who identified with us during the struggle.”