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Nigerian workers deserve living wage, not minimum wage -Dogara.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, says a living wage is aptly appropriate for Nigerian workers rather than a national minimum wage because of the country's harsh economic reality.

Dogara made the assertion at a public hearing on the new National Minimum Wage bill organised by the House Ad hoc Committee in Minimum Wage on Monday in Abuja.

He acknowledged the fact that tensions were extremely high within the entire organised labour as the leaders had rejected the approved N27,000 by the national council of states even before the bill was brought to the House.

'Let me assure the Nigerian workers, that the National Assembly is aware of and shares in your pains, patience and sacrifices as regards the issue of the National Minimum Wage.

'We should have no difficulty taking a decision that is in the best interest of our workers and the nation'.

Dogara said that the nation might not have enough to satisfy the minimum demands of the Nigerian worker, but there was need to set economic priorities right and ensure minimum comfort for workers to up productivity.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Jan 31, 2019
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