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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has revealed that plans to propose a new minimum wage to the Federal Government is underway. The Secretary General, Nigerian Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), Issa Aremu, said this on Thursday. He said the N18,000 minimum wage was no longer sustaining to the workers in the face of the troubled economic situation in the country and they would propose a new minimum of N48,000. He recalled that the first minimum wage was N125 in 1981 when the naira was about twice the value of the dollar and this translated to 250 dollars.
"The minimum wage has declined to 60 dollars. It has to move to N48,000.
"That is why the NLC is ready to prepare to submit our new proposal and this will be done, I tell you, whether through struggle, we will get that result.
"We are one of the poorest countries in the world. Ghanaians stand better than us. Workers’ wage is to turn the economy around and in spite of that some governors are still not paying as and when due.
"That’s why I said any governor or any employer that doesn’t pay salaries should resign and not only that, he should be prosecuted because the Nigerian constitution is very clear that they should pay salaries as at when due", he said.
He also said that it was important for Nigerians to consume locally produced goods to reduce the reliance on foreign exchange and provide job opportunities for the unemployed.