The demand of a new minimum wage by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) should be taken serious as the body has called on the Federal and State Governments to urgently implement the new minimum wage as the present N18,000 was “grossly insufficient for any worker.’’
NANS’ Public Relations Officer (PRO), Bestman Okereafor, made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Enugu.
Okereafor said that the leadership of NANS was joining millions of Nigerian workers in solidarity as they celebrate this year’s workers’ day.
According to him, NANS appreciates the positive impacts of Nigerian workers and their contributions to the nation building.
“In lieu of this we are joining our voice with the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to demand for the implementation of a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers considering the economic situation in the country.
“It is clear and obvious that N18,000 is insufficient to meet the present economic demands of a Nigerian worker.
“It is noted that workers, who create wealth for a nation, must be adequately taken care of as this will equally go a long way in curtailing corruption in our beloved country.
“NANS is finally calling on Nigerian workers to remain steadfast and committed to the service to humanity and father land,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, On April 26th 2018, Nigerian workers and pensioners urged both federal and state governments, as well as private employers to facilitate the payment of a new minimum wage of N66,500 to reduce the suffering of workers in the country.