Former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party9PDP), Atiku Abubakar has hailed the agreement reached between the Federal Government and labour to pay the ₦30,000 minimum wage it had previously negotiated with the Nigerian Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and other labour affiliates.
In a statement in Abuja by his media office, Atiku said he was committed to a living wage adding, one of the pillars of his soon to be launched policy document would be making workers welfare a priority.
“The Nigerian worker is the goose that lays the golden egg and is worthy of the best pay that Nigeria can afford, ” he stated.
The former Vice President commended the patriotism displayed by the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress and its affiliates in calling off the planned nationwide strike. In addition, he called on the National Assembly to speedily pass legislation that makes the new Minimum Wage a statutory requirement.
He urged the Federal government administration to keep to its word and abide by the new minimum wage agreement.
“No sacrifice is too great to make for us to Get Nigeria Working Again and that is what the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation is all about. Atiku means JOBS, jobs that would pay the minimum wage and above because Nigeria should benefit the masses and not those who are in top government positions, ” the statement said.