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New minimum wage: Workers react to shift in September deadline

Civil servants across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have expressed concern over sudden change in September deadline for the implementation of new minimum wage given by the Federal Government.

Mrs Alice Akinbiyi, a civil servant, told NAN that the Federal Government should endeavour to honour the earlier date scheduled for the take off of the new minimum wage.

She said that the price of goods and services in the country had made it imperative for the implementation, adding that things were beginning to get out of the reach of an average civil servant.

Akinbiyi called on the Federal Government to speed up the process of implementation ahead of September and tighten every loose end that could frustrate the scheduled date.

Malam Ibrahim Musa, also a civil servant, said he was devastated when he heard the news that the September earlier promised by the Federal Government for the implementation may not be feasible again.

He said he was always calculating with the hope that the new minimum wage would be a respite to him.

He called on the Federal Government not to relent in its effort to meet the September deadline.

Miss Dorothy Williams, said that she had no doubt that the Federal Government would keep its promise, adding that the Federal Government would not make an empty promise.

Shen said she would be disappointed should the Federal Government fail to keep its words.

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, had at the May Day Lecture, said the union would not allow the Tripartite Committee for National Minimum Wage to alter the September timeline for the implementation of new minimum wage.

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