Reps to Establish Committee for New Minimum Wage

by David Okoye

The House of Representatives has decided to establish an ad hoc committee to ensure the implementation of a living wage for all workers in Nigeria. This decision follows the adoption of a motion presented by Aliyu Madaki, highlighting the challenges faced by Nigerians due to rising inflation rates.

Madaki emphasized the difficulty for average Nigerians to afford basic necessities such as food, housing, education, and healthcare, given the current inflationary environment. He cited Nigeria’s commitment to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which advocates for just and favorable remuneration for workers.

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The lawmaker pointed out that achieving eight out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 requires the payment of a living wage. He also highlighted the World Bank’s report on the increase in poverty due to low purchasing power resulting from high inflation rates.

Madaki recalled the speaker’s statement emphasizing the need for a living wage to address insecurity and corruption in the country. Despite recent wage adjustments, the lawmaker noted that the cost of living continues to rise, making it challenging for workers to meet their needs.

He cited the living wage for an individual and a family in Nigeria, highlighting the discrepancy between current wages and the cost of living. Madaki warned of the potential increase in poverty and loss of faith in the government if immediate action is not taken to improve the income of Nigerians.

In response, the Deputy Speaker announced that the outcome of the committee’s process would be forwarded to the Senate for concurrence. The establishment of this committee reflects the House’s commitment to addressing the challenges faced by Nigerian workers and ensuring their well-being in the face of economic hardships.

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