NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday asked the Federal Government to implement the proposed N56,000 minimum wage with the several billions of Naira recovered from looters. The Kwara State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Yekini Agunbiade, who spoke with journalists in Ilorin, said the recovered loots would be appropriate for the implementation of the new minimum wage in the country. He urged the Federal Government to carry all the states along before approving the new workers’ salary to avoid discrepancies in its implementation across the country. The state NLC chairman said: “What is going in Nigeria presently shows that Federal Government can pay minimum wage with billions of Dollars recovered day in, day out. We are agitating for ‎N56,000 as minimum wage, the current N18,000 can  no longer do anything. “It cannot even buy a bag of rice. We recognise the fact that the federal government has sent its Bill to the National Assembly. We want to appeal to members of the National Assembly to hasten the process. “Then, before it’s approved, we want the federal government to carry the states and local governments along so as to avoid disparity, because now, all the states are not paying the current N18,000. Agunbiade, however, said the labour movement had told the Kwara State Government to inform it if it receives its share of the London Paris club funds. This, he explained, would allow the labour movement to know the backlogs of salary arrears to be settled in the state. He urged the state government to intensify effort in paying up these backlogs of salary arrears, adding that the Kwara Internal Revenue Service, KWIRS, has taken over all the revenue points from the local government areas in the state

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