Senior civil servants demand N46, 000 minimum wage

Workers on a protest march
The Association of Senior Civil Servants has demanded a
minimum wage of N46,000 for workers.

The union’s Secretary-General, Mr. Bashir Lawal, in Lagos
State, on Wednesday, said that the existing N18, 000
minimum wage cannot meet the socio-economic demands
of workers.

According to him, a minimum wage of N46,000 demand
was arrived at after the union met with the National Public
Service Joint Negotiating Council.

He said, “In the past one year, we presented a proposal for
salary review to the Federal Government but the
government said that the price of crude had fallen.

“We argued that if the price of crude is 30 dollars per barrel
and the resources of the country are well managed, money
will be enough to pay workers decent salaries.

“From the memo we submitted to the NPSJNC, we
computed what it will take for an average worker to survive
and we arrive at N66,000.

“So, we took 75 per cent of that and we arrived at N46,000
minimum wage.

Assuring that the new minimum wage demand will not
cause crisis in the economic sector, Lawal said, “If the
government believes that the amount will create crisis, we
will tell them what to do to ensure that everybody will be
carried along.”

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