Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Thursday expressed concern over President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in signing the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Bill into law.
Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, NLC General Secretary, expressed his dissatisfaction in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Ozo-Eson said that the delay by Mr. President over the minimum wage for workers in the country had become very worrisome, as the organised labour was concerned that it had taken long since the transmission of the bill from the National Assembly to the Presidency.
“We had thought that given all processes before arriving at that point, the long delay in setting up a tripartite committee, the long period before the tripartite committee to now finalise and all the debates that had gone on’’ the president would have signed the bill into law.
“We thought that this was something Mr. President would assent to very quickly because as we had earlier indicated, we would want this implementation to be before May.
“Our position is to call on Mr. President to, without further delay, assent to the New National Minimum Wage Bill so that workers can start to enjoy the new minimum wage implementation before May Day.’’
He further noted that workers in the private sector were also waiting for the law to be implemented, so as to make necessary adjustments.