The Nigerian Labour Congress has flayed the plan by the Senate to remove the Minimum Wage Law from the Exclusive List. The NLC said, the move was detrimental to the well-being of the weak and economically disadvantaged persons in the country.
Mr. Abdulwahed Omar, the NLC President, who stated this in a statement on Sunday, added that the initiative had serious implications for national security, productivity and well-being of the low-income earners. He noted that if given the opportunity to fix their respective minimum wages, state governments would not hesitate to pay minimum wages as low as N1,000 to their workers in spite of the huge resources available to them.
Omar added that the inclusion of the minimum wage in the concurrent list would lead to confusion, and anarchy in the country. He said the NLC demanded the retention of the Minimum Wage Law in the Exclusive List for the maintenance of a standard national minimum wage as obtainable in the developed world and for protecting the weak and vulnerable workers, in a memo to the National Assembly on the amendment of the 1999 Constitution.