Members of the House of Representatives issued a warning on Thursday that a nationwide strike by workers over low wages could force the country’s economy back into recession.
They have therefore urged the Federal Government to consider increasing the national minimum wage to N30,000 in order to prevent an industrial action by workers.
This is coming seven years after the current minimum wage of N18,000 came into effect.
According to the lawmakers, no Nigerian worker can survive on a monthly wage of N18,000.
Peter Akpatason, a former oil and gas union leader moved the motion during a session presided over by the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara.
The motion showed that the house was aware of the three-sided agreement between the Nigeria Labour Congress, the National Employers Consultative Association and the Federal Government to set up a joint review team to study and recommend an appropriate rate to the government.
Akpatason expressed worry over the Federal Government’s unwillingness to push the minimum wage review plans. According to him, they are concerned that despite the labour unions having submitted names of their nominees and made several requests for commencement of the review process, the government has yet to respond positively to the requests.
The lawmakers during the session urged the President, Muhammadu Buhari, to take decisive action by directing “the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, to commence the process of negotiating an upward review of the current minimum wage.
Members of the House voted for the passage of the motion unanimously in a voice vote without any “nays”