NANS Supports Labour Unions' Call for Minimum Wage Increase, Urges Government Action

The NLC President, Joe Ajaero, announced the strike after the government refused to raise the proposed minimum wage above N60,000. Despite a recent increase from N57,000, the labour unions deemed the offer insufficient to meet the needs of Nigerian workers.

NANS Supports Labour Unions' Call for Minimum Wage Increase, Urges Government Action

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has voiced its support for the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in their call for an increase in the national minimum wage. This backing comes as the NLC declared an indefinite nationwide strike set to begin on Monday, June 3, 2024, following unsuccessful negotiations with the Federal Government.

The NLC President, Joe Ajaero, announced the strike after the government refused to raise the proposed minimum wage above N60,000. Despite a recent increase from N57,000, the labour unions deemed the offer insufficient to meet the needs of Nigerian workers.

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In a statement issued on Sunday night, NANS President Pedro Obi urged the government to respond favorably to the workers' demands. Obi highlighted the severe impact of inflation, rising living costs, and the continuous devaluation of the naira on the purchasing power of the average Nigerian worker. He emphasized that the demand for a living wage is not only reasonable but imperative given the current economic conditions.

"The youth and student population of Nigeria are directly affected by the welfare of our parents and guardians, who are predominantly workers and civil servants," Obi said. "An improved minimum wage would translate into better living conditions for millions of Nigerian families, fostering a more conducive environment for students to focus on their education and personal development."

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Obi called on the government to engage in constructive negotiations with the labour unions to reach a mutually beneficial agreement on the minimum wage. He stressed the importance of resolving the issue promptly to maintain industrial harmony and ensure that educational institutions continue to function without disruptions.

NANS expressed its readiness to support the labour movement and Nigerian workers in their quest for a fair and just wage. The association also urged students, civil society organizations, and concerned citizens to advocate for a resolution that ensures the dignity and well-being of every Nigerian worker.