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Minimum wage: NANS urges FG to accept NLC’s demands

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the Nigerian government to align itself with the demands of the Organized Labour.

NANS in a statement at the weekend, signed by its president, Pedro Obi, stood in solidarity with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in their call for an increase in the national minimum wage.

Citing current economic hardship, the association noted that NLC demand is justified.

The statement reads: “We urge the Federal Government to respond promptly and favorably to the legitimate demands of Nigerian workers.

“The current economic realities have significantly eroded the purchasing power of the average Nigerian worker. Inflation, rising cost of living, and the continuous devaluation of the naira have made it increasingly difficult for many families to meet their basic needs.

“It is within this context that the organized Labour demands for a living wage become not only reasonable but also imperative.

“The youth and student population of Nigeria are directly affected by the welfare of our parents and guardians, who are predominantly workers and civil servants.

“An improved minimum wage would translate into better living conditions for millions of Nigerian families, thereby fostering a more conducive environment for students to focus on their education and personal development.

“We, therefore, call on the Federal Government to: Engage in Constructive Dialogue.

“We urge the government to engage the Labour Union in constructive and meaningful negotiations aimed at reaching a mutually beneficial agreement on the minimum wage.

“Prioritize Workers’ Welfare: Recognize the critical role that Nigerian workers play in the development of our nation and prioritize their welfare in policy-making decisions.

“Implement a Sustainable Wage Policy; Establish a sustainable and fair wage policy that reflects the current economic realities and is regularly reviewed to keep pace with inflation and cost of living adjustments.”

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