The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has maintained that the country’s new minimum wage must come into effect in July this year.
The President of Congress, Ayuba Wabba, who stated this on Friday during an exclusive interview with The Guardian in Abuja, added that the Congress would reject any date that is beyond July.
Wabba highlighted that arrangements have been finalised to sign the agreement in Kigali, Rwanda on March 21, this year.
He said: “Going by all the data submitted so far to the negotiation committee, we believe that a new wage is possible in July. Labour will reject any date that is beyond July and we have made that known to the government.”
The NLC chief also accused the Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, of seeking to sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, without consulting labour, manufacturers and the National Assembly.
He stated: “Admittedly a free trade agreement is not a customs union in the sense that Member States abolish only tariffs between them, while maintaining their own tariffs on third world countries, but this would already be impossible.
“Far from promoting regional integration of the continent, it will disintegrate it strongly in opening wide the doors to multinationals already well implemented in most African countries and which would concentrate their activities in the most competitive countries from which they would export to the others.”
It should be noted that in February, the federal government had promised the organized labour, NLC and the entire workforce of the country that the new national minimum wage will be announced latest by end of September this year.