Tayo AFOLABI

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reacted to the recommendations of the Nigeria Governors Forum calling for the elimination of petrol

subsidy, the retirement of civil servants from the age of 50, and the reduction of National Assembly constituency projects among other prescriptions.

The labour union in a letter dated 8 August, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order a 50 percent salary review for workers “across the board given the realities on ground.”

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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