Bola Tinubu, the President of the Federal Government, has approved a wage of N35,000 for treasury-paid Federal Government workers for a six-month period. This was confirmed by Malam Mohammed Idris in Abuja on Sunday.
The statement said that the decision was reached after consultations between the Federal Government and the leaders of the labour unions in the Presidential Villa. The statement further said that the Federal Government had committed to fast-tracking the provision of CNG buses to facilitate public transportation in the wake of the removal of subsidies on PMS, as well as providing funds to micro and small enterprises and waiving VAT on diesel for another six months.
It also said that N75,000 per month would be paid to 15 million households for a period of three months, beginning on October and ending on December. According to reports, the Federal Government had urged the labour unions not to go on strike, as the issues at stake could only be addressed when workers were at work.
Labour Unions made a case for an increment in wages. A Sub-Committee will be set up to discuss the modalities of the implementation of all the government measures to cushion the impact of the removal of fuel subsidies.
The ongoing dispute between RTEAN and NURTW in Lagos state will be urgently addressed.
The National Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) will check the offers given by the Federal Government to suspend the planned strike so that further consultations can be held on how to implement the resolutions.
The meeting was co-chaired by the Chief-Administration of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Finance) and Coordinating minister of the economy (Information, National Orientation), Mohammed Idris; Simon Lalong; Secretary to the National Assembly (Secretary to the National Assembly) (Information, Culture, Tourism, etc.); Secretary to the State Government (Information, Employment, Social Welfare, etc.); and the Secretary to the Government of Nigeria (Information, Communications, Technology, Industry, Culture, etc.).
Betta Edu, the minister of human resources and poverty alleviation; Doris Ozoka-anite, the minister of industry, trade and investment; Folasade yemi-Esan, the national security adviser (NSA), Malam Nuhu Ribadu; and Nuhu Toro, the TUC general secretary.
The NLC delegation was headed by NLC President Joe Ajaero; Dr Tommy Okon (deputy president, TUC); Emma Ugboaja (general secretary, NLC).