NLC asks Buhari to increase salaries by 50 percent

The Nigeria Labour Congress has proposed a 50 percent salary increase “across the board” in response to “on-the-ground realities.”

In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the labour union made the recommendation.

The letter, dated August 8, was a response to the economic prescriptions offered by state governors.

As previously reported, the Governors advocated for, among other things, the elimination of petrol subsidies, the retirement of civil servants at the age of 50, and the reduction of National Assembly constituency projects.

The union lambasted the Governors for seeking early retirement of workers, saying anyone promoting this idea “should be treated as enemies of your government.”

Instead of early retirement, the union asked the Buhari-led administration to consider a further increase of worker salaries.

“While we commend you for your thoughtfulness for a wage increase, truth of the matter is that given the misfortune that has befallen the Nigerian populace, especially workers with fixed incomes, there is an urgent need for a massive intervention much deeper than the 22 percent,” the letter, signed by NLC President Ayuba Wabba, said.

“We would recommend a 50 percent salary review across the board given the realities on ground.”

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