The Federal Government has said it is fully committed in the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30, 000 for workers in the country.
Addressing workers at the 2019 May Day celebration themed “Another 100 Years of Struggle for Jobs, Dignity and Social Justice in Nigeria,”on Wednesday in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said that the Federal Government was committed to the cause of improving the lot of every working Nigerian.reassured Nigeria workers of his commitment.
“In this regard, the New National Minimum Wage which I signed into law a few days ago shall be fully implemented by my administration.
“Let me once again express my deepest appreciation to the leadership of the Nigerian Workers for the understanding showed during and after the negotiations of the New National Minimum Wage.
“We shall continue to provide the enabling environment, higher productivity, industrial peace and harmony as well as congenial atmosphere for effective collective bargaining amongst trade unions and employers, protecting fundamental rights and other lawful rights at work.
“At the just concluded General Elections, Nigerians and indeed Nigerian Workers gave my Administration another mandate to govern them.
“We shall reciprocate this electoral gesture, by focusing on the critical issues that will speedily improve the quality of lives and livelihoods of Nigerians.
“These include the building of infrastructure roads, and rail, reforming key driving sectors of the national economy in order to put the country on a sustainable path of economic growth and prosperity,’’ he said.
“Today that sector after it was privatised still remains challenged in delivering power to many Nigerian homes and businesses.
“We must as a matter of National importance rework and re-engineer the sector for much more effective performance.
“Workers shall be called upon to play greater roles in supporting the Government to attain these goals,” he said.
Buhari also said that industrial peace was central to economic stability, adding that every industrial disruption costs the national economy dearly in term of money and man hours.
“It is of utmost importance for me to state here that the ILO had over the years supported the country in the development and Implementation of Labour related Policies, Action Plans and programmes to tackle Child Labour, Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.
“Recently ILO also collaborated with Nigeria in her affirmation as a member of Pathfinder countries on the elimination of Child Labour, Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.
“Pathfinder Countries are pioneer Countries of Alliance 8.7 who have decided to pull resources together and channel same towards the achievement of Target 8.7 of Sustainable Development Goals. We shall ask and request the ILO to support further,‘’ he said.
“I am also convinced that the careful selection of the theme is a reflection of our collective commitment to job creation, protection of workers’ dignity and promoting social justice in the country as espoused in various provisions of the Constitution.
“Therefore, today’s event should provide us the opportunity to reflect on our fidelity to these great principles.
“Our Administration is firmly committed to these principles. On assumption of office in 2015, in spite of the daunting economic challenges which confronted us at the time, we ensured that no worker was retrenched,‘’ he added.