Tension As Senator Owie Attacks Buhari Over New Minimum Wage

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Senator Rowland Owie, the Chairman of the National Contact Committee of African Democratic Party, ADP, has described the President Muhammadu Buhari government as ‘wicked’ for refusing to pay workers the N30,000 minimum wage being demanded by Labour unions.

In a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters, Owie said that governments have the capacity to pay even more than that.

The lawmaker said it was wickedness of the highest order for a government that raised pump price fuel to refused to increase workers salary.

President Muhammadu Buhari had yesterday said he was committed to the welfare of Nigerian workers.

The presidency later released a statement saying that the President was yet to take a stand on the N30,000 agreed upon by the tripartite committee.

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Recall that it was earlier reported that the Buhari-led government had signed an agreement endorsing the new minimum wage, however, on Wednesday, a source from the presidency sent out a counter speech saying that the President did not endorse N30,000 as proposed by the committee but rather expressed his commitment to the implementation of a new national minimum wage.

“But the president’s speech at the event was immediately made available to the media and nowhere indicated that the president endorsed N30,000 Minimum wage.

“It is not the duty of the president only to endorse a new national minimum wage. The process involves the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the National Economic Council (NEC) and the National Assembly.

“It is imperative for us to always avoid misinterpreting a written speech,” the source stressed.

President Buhari has pledged that the Federal Government would soon transmit an Executive bill (on National Minimum Wage) to the National Assembly for passage within the shortest possible time.

He said: “Our plan is to transmit the Executive bill to the National Assembly for its passage within the shortest possible time.

“I am fully committed to having a new National Minimum Wage Act in the very near future.”

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