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PCC shuts down centres over FG’s failure to implement new minimum wage

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Public Complaints Commission, PCC, has shut down its offices across the six geopolitical zones in the country, over the failure of the federal government to implement the agreed new minimum wage, which it said had been affecting the welfare of staff.

The staff of PCC in a mass demonstration at its headquarters in Abuja, yesterday, expressed their grievances over the FG’s failure to implement the new minimum wage which was officially passed into law and accepted by President Mohammadu Buhari with effect from January 15th 2019.

The commissioner representing FCT in PCC, Hon. Chilie Igbawua, while speaking to Nigerian Pilot stated that the commission had written to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, on several occasions ordering her to release the funds but till date no response.

“We have written to them severally, the last thing we did by writing them a 21 days ultimatum asking them to pay. We gave them another 14 days, we still didn’t get any response, so we had to step down to seven days which elapsed as at midnight yesterday and yet they didn’t pay us and up still now we have not gotten a response from her,” he said.

Also speaking, chairman Public Complaint Commission and Private Staff Association of Nigeria, Comrade Margret Ibekwu, expressed displeasure over the non-implementation of the new minimum wage, noting that the commission which is meant to take such kind of complaint to the federal government is now the victim.

“We the staff of public complaint commission are here today to complain that we have not been paid 17 months arrears on the new minimum wage and implementation and having exhausted all options to make sure that the staff are paid and not denied their right so we had no option than to shut down our offices nationwide not only the office here but also to the area council and local governments until the federal government will release fund for payment and proper funding of the commission,” she said.

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