Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Anambra State Chapter, Mr. Jerry Nnubia, has said that an upward review of the current minimum wage of N18,000 for workers is long overdue.
Fielding questions from newsmen in Awka yesterday, Nnubia argued that the increment became imperative following the harsh economic realities in the country, where households find things difficult.
He further argued that at the time workers negotiated for a minimum wage of N18,000, a dollar was at N140, but today, it has skyrocketed to between N220 and N240.
Speaking further, he observed that the cost of living, accommodation, transportation and food items have also gone high, making it difficult for salary earners to take care of their basic needs.
He strongly advocated for an upward review of the minimum wage from the current amount to N50,000, saying that the Federal Government’s fight against corruption will further help improve the economy.
Nnubia urged the Federal Government to review its housing policy for workers, noting that civil servants do not benefit from the existing housing programmes despite their contributions to the housing scheme.
The Chairman noted: “The current contribution of workers to the national housing scheme should be made to work or scrapped; workers have made enough sacrifice.”
He commended Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra for his positive dispositions towards workers’ welfare, but noted that more needs to be done in the state.
“Anambra workers are full of expectations that Governor Obiano will put smiles on their faces by fulfilling his promises of increasing salaries,” the union chairman concluded.

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