Minimum Wage: Protesting useless, can’t stop transfer to concurrent list, PGF tells NLC

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The director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has kicked against ongoing nationwide protests by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

The workforce body began its nationwide protests Wednesday, demanding the immediate withdrawal of a bill before the House of Representatives seeking the transfer of the minimum wage from the exclusive list to the concurrent list.

Describing the protests as useless, Mr Lukman while addressing news men in Abuja today said the protests will not achieve its aim.

“We are not saying they should not protest, but this protest is needless,” he said, adding that, “I can guarantee that it is not going to stop the process in the National Assembly. It is not also going to take away the issue.

“We need to work with them to develop this democracy and we can only do that if every constituent unit and citizens in those units can negotiate with the constituent governments and get results.

“As it is, we are all frustrated and that is what we should be addressing. This ‘we against them’ that labour is creating does not exist.

“We should be applying ourselves to resolving the problems of this democracy. There are fundamental problems bigger than we can imagine,” the PGF boss added.

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