The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has assured labour unions in the country that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to the implementation of an improved national minimum wage for Nigerian workers.
Oshiomhole spoke while receiving a delegation of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) led by its president, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama. The president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Ayuba Wabba, also accompanied the TUC delegation on the solidarity visit to the chairman at the party’s national secretariat on Friday.
While speaking at the event, Oshiomhole reiterated the president’s interest in bettering the lives of workers in the country especially as it relates to their wages. “The trade union movement and the working class represent part of the constituency that President Buhari believes in. That is why on occasions like this, I can safely assure the TUC and NLC that if you hear any voice within the APC family talking in a way as to suggest that President Buhari’s government will superintend over abolition of the national minimum wage, that will be the individual’s wishful thinking. President Muhammadu Buhari will not dismantle any of the gains that the working class has achieved over the years,’’ he assured.
The APC national chairman expressed his resolve to use his position to influence government policies in a way that will benefit the Nigerian worker. He also said President Buhari remained committed to worker’s welfare, the fight against corruption and the unity of the country, despite resistance from a section of the political elite.
“You can count on this government that nothing will be done to undermine the unity of Nigerian workers. I will be your in-house agent to ensure that governance and government instruments are used for the good of the greatest number of our people in the shortest possible time.”
Speaking earlier, the TUC president, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, assured the APC chairman whom he described as a bridge-builder, of the congress’ support and cooperation.
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