Minimum Wage: HEDA Urges FG to Prioritize Nigerian Workers' Welfare, Slams Governors for Rejecting Proposed Wage

Sun, Jun 9, 2024
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THE Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has urged the Federal Government to prioritize the welfare of Nigerian workers in the ongoing minimum wage negotiations.

The current economic realities make the proposed wage of #62,000 by the federal government to labour union grossly inadequate to meet the basic needs of workers and their families.

In a statement signed by HEDA Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, the group condemned the Nigerian Governors Forum’s claim that states cannot afford a minimum wage of #60,000, given the history of corruption and embezzlement among governors.

“It’s hypocritical for governors accused of looting billions of Naira from the states and considering the increased federal allocation received in the recent months to claim they can’t afford a living wage for workers,” Suraju said.

This stance is particularly concerning given the recent nationwide strike, which had a significant impact on the country, resulting in billions of naira in lost revenue and crippling economic growth.

“The tripartite committee of the government must consider the long-term implications of their negotiations on Nigeria’s future. The current economic realities and the rising cost of living in Nigeria demand a more comprehensive approach to minimum wage negotiations. Furthermore, the history of corruption and embezzlement among governors and other public officials must be taken into account to ensure that workers are not shortchanged.” He maintained.

HEDA urges the Federal Government to prioritize the welfare of Nigerians generally and order the downward review of the astronomical electricity tariff recently imposed on the country as part of negotiation for a minimum wage that reflects the true value of their labor. This is crucial for promoting economic justice and prosperity for all Nigerians.

HEDA remains committed to fighting for a just society where workers are valued and compensated fairly, and will continue to advocate for policies that promote economic justice and prosperity for all Nigerians.

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June 9, 2024

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