Jonathan’s gift to workers: Minimum Wage now N18,000

Date: 04-05-2010 7:01 am (11 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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A new pay package for Nigerian civil servants will be operational in three months, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, has said. When operational, the least paid worker would go home with N18,000 at the end of every month as against the N7,500 minimum wage that presently obtains.

Jonathan while addressing workers on the occasion of the May Day celebration, pleaded with the civil servants to shelve their planned five-day warning strike scheduled to commence tomorrow, and assured them that the issues in dispute would be resolved within the next three months.

He also disclosed that he had directed the Minister of Labour, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu, to ensure that negotiations with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council achieves the desired results within the next three months.

“This important assignment of which I understand you are respectfully represented in the committee is nearing conclusion. The National Committee on Parameters for Wages in the public segment is also working assiduously to ensure that we have a mechanism that will make for adjustment on workers’ remuneration gradual.

“I sincerely plead with the civil service unions to negotiate with the government because of the warning strike they have presented to us. I believe very sincerely that Nigeria and indeed the rest of the society must develop to a point that workers will not negotiate for salary increase,” he said.

Jonathan said this year’s Workers Day celebrations coincide with the Golden Jubilee of the nation’s independence.

He gave the assurance that the federal government was working assiduously to address issues of employment generation, Niger Delta crisis, electoral reform, power supply and other necessities for national development.

“For me I promise honest service. I will give all my heart and mobilise every available talent of Nigerians wherever they are to meet the expectations of our people. As we are going into an election year, the issue of credible of election is top on my agenda to national liberation.

"I have taken the challenge of an inadequate power supply, peace and rapid development of Niger Delta, food security as well as overall security of all Nigerians and promoting credible elections as priorities in the concluding months of this administration," Jonathan said.

Jonathan also told the rally of thousands of workers that his government would give Nigerians free, fair and credible elections in 2011, compared with previous polls that were judged to be largely flawed by local and international observers, including the United Nations and the United States.

He also promised to improve security in the restive, oil-rich Niger Delta that has in the past three years been the theatre of kidnappings and attacks.

Jonathan expressed government's resolve to provide a conducive environment for the workforce.

He said his presence at the occasion was a demonstration of the administration's belief that to build a strong democracy, there must be a virile labour movement.

According to the Acting President, no nation can develop beyond what the collective efforts of its working population can present. "The rate and size of a country's development is dependent on the size of its economy and therefore the need for an expanded economy for the good of our people", Jonathan said.

He said there was an on-going effort by government to create a new Nigeria anchored on social justice, industrial peace and harmony, due process and the rule of law and thus called for a collective effort to achieve a solid and prosperous nation.

Jonathan promised to provide honest service on his part as government works towards ensuring transparency and accountability in the conduct of its business.

President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Omar Abdulwaheed in his speech said the negotiation over the National Minimum Wage has dragged for several months. He said they were earlier hoping that the issue would have been concluded and that the government would announce it to the workers on May Day (yesterday) based on the agreement reached.

“In the same vein, we have followed the negotiations on relativity in the public service and the apparent lack of progress in the process. The distortion occasioned by the consolidated salary structure in the public service is not only unjust but against the principles of equity and social justice,” he said.

He pointed out that the tripartite committee had completed its work. “Your Excellency, the ball is now in the court of the executive arm to fast track the promulgation of the committee recommendations into a New National Minimum Wage Law. Nigerian workers will not accept any further delay on this matter,” he said.

President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Peter Esele, expressed disappointment that the civil servants were offered only a 10 per cent salary increment while the Police and other services got between 60 and 100 per cent.

He also called for sincere efforts to address the various problems of the country which have all contributed to hinder the country’s growth.

“TUC will support any action taken by the Association of Senior Civil Servants to address this injustice as we will not accept anything less than N18, 000 as minimum wage payable to Nigerian workers.”

The theme for this year's celebration is '50 years of Nationhood and the Working Class: Challenges of Good Governance, Unity and Credible Elections'.


Posted: at 4-05-2010 07:01 AM (11 years ago) | Hero
- fabmic at 4-05-2010 07:18 AM (11 years ago)
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mehn! Jonathan is doing it like a president; infact he is also winning the hearts of Nigeria in the issue of making him the president
Posted: at 4-05-2010 07:18 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ksurrina at 4-05-2010 07:21 AM (11 years ago)
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Thank you Jonathan that was a huge increase and am sure my sisters and brothers appreciate it. At first I was upset about this small amount but realized that it is the same that Jamaicans get too as minimum wage pay. I can see that you brothers who are leading the black countries are really working in unison. It is us the citizens should open our eyes to see that it is our very own who is keeping us in bondage for real. Low Wages, Corruption etc just that we cannot sit down and don't vote why you guys will continue to get power. The bible never lies.

Well this is were our innovation and initiative should steps in. No one can live after minimum wage with Infatuation as high as the heavens. Those who received this just has to give thanks continually and use their talents that God give to them to earn more.

Well our growth depends on us and our relationship with God start building on it.

Posted: at 4-05-2010 07:21 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- DarkCoco at 4-05-2010 07:28 AM (11 years ago)
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i think i will move bk to naija next week...hehehe

im liking dis president,

Posted: at 4-05-2010 07:28 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- maureeny at 4-05-2010 07:38 AM (11 years ago)
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The increment is great & alot of good things will come,the Ag President needs Nigerians support.
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- sabiti at 4-05-2010 07:49 AM (11 years ago)
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if nt bcos of d corruption dat has eating deep in2 d fabrics of dis country wat hs he done,it shuldn't b a privilege rather our right.18k is been greetd n applaudd like 18mil.Mind u,dis civil servants 've kids wit som in higha institutions...nw do d maths.All in all he's doing more dan d sick president has done n we cn only hope he continues dis way
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- fabmic at 4-05-2010 07:50 AM (11 years ago)
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Naija can we protest on making him the president. At least he's done something nice
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- Agatex at 4-05-2010 09:30 AM (11 years ago)
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minimum wage should be more than 18 thousand naira Nigeria is a tough place to survive but anyway tanx to Jonathan for the 300% increase it will also increase cost of transport, food and house rent by 300% trust naija people na.
Posted: at 4-05-2010 09:30 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- qunodinga at 4-05-2010 09:45 AM (11 years ago)
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Jonathan  may not be d president... to me he is like God sent like Moses in the Bible. He is potencially not a leader but a trail brazer. May God keep him to direct us (Isrealit) from Pharaoh's hand.


 i rest my case.
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- prince316 at 4-05-2010 10:13 AM (11 years ago)
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 Goodluck Jonathan is Good sent to nigeria, i will want him to be the President of 9ja come 2011
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- chrissiebee at 4-05-2010 10:31 AM (11 years ago)
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trust me, this dude is doing all the good things cos he wants to run for president and he wants to win...after that nko?? back to square one! no be naija we dey?? mchew.

Posted: at 4-05-2010 10:31 AM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- blings_is_back at 4-05-2010 10:41 AM (11 years ago)
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dis is good
Posted: at 4-05-2010 10:41 AM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- Toks-E at 4-05-2010 10:45 AM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: chrissiebee on  4-05-2010 10:31 AM
trust me, this dude is doing all the good things cos he wants to run for president and he wants to win...after that nko?? back to square one! no be naija we dey?? mchew.


Naaaa, you've got it all wrong. That is the way the man is. We surely miss him during his short termed tenure in Bayelsa state. He did a lot.

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- emmy2009 at 4-05-2010 10:54 AM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: sabiti on  4-05-2010 07:49 AM
if nt bcos of d corruption dat has eating deep in2 d fabrics of dis country wat hs he done,it shuldn't b a privilege rather our right.18k is been greetd n applaudd like 18mil.Mind u,dis civil servants 've kids wit som in higha institutions...nw do d maths.All in all he's doing more dan d sick president has done n we cn only hope he continues dis way

sabiti or wat do u call urself,which of nigerian past president has done such in the past u are just there talking,if u are the president u will do worst things to our country nigeria
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- fredaesere at 4-05-2010 11:06 AM (11 years ago)
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Good bless you president Goodluck,I'm Loyal to your government. Smiley
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- Ify4life at 4-05-2010 11:10 AM (11 years ago)
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good  Cheesy

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- cadanre at 4-05-2010 11:57 AM (11 years ago)
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Good development but how to bring the living standard of Nigerians under control is the problem. I hope he could be able to control the rise in the price of items in our markets for our businessmen must by now be preparing to increase the prices of evrything. Lol!

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- tundesmart at 4-05-2010 12:04 PM (11 years ago)
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The repercussion of Jonathan's salary will be highly devastating just like the one Obasanjo did in 1999. As a student of economics, salary increase only brings more poverty as I will identify below:
(1. First of all, Nigeria is a not a producing nation; we import almost everything from electronic gadgets, cars , matches and surprisingly toothpick thereby killing the existing small scale industries. This salary increase will increase market demands and thereby cause inflation of huge consequences.
(2.) The most devastating strain will be on our foreign exchange. By the time the increase is actualised, the pound will be hitting 400 Naira per unit.
(3.) The general market price level of goods will generally follow suit and we will all be back to square one because the Naira will become valueless
(4.) More people will lose their jobs and unemployment will increase because most companies and government establishments will not afford the new jumbo rise.

The government officials should rethink their decisions and instead develop the infrastructural platform for Nigeria. The government should rather invest the money in building and improving infrastructure.: electricty, roads and water. This will rather improve the poverty level in the country and generate more jobs.
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- fabmic at 4-05-2010 12:57 PM (11 years ago)
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Naija lets show our gratitude at least by sending some bags of kpomo nd canda to our acting presido
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- devid75 at 4-05-2010 12:58 PM (11 years ago)
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The repercussion of Jonathan's salary will be highly devastating just like the one Obasanjo did in 1999. As a student of economics, salary increase only brings more poverty as I will identify below:
(1. First of all, Nigeria is a not a producing nation; we import almost everything from electronic gadgets, cars , matches and surprisingly toothpick thereby killing the existing small scale industries. This salary increase will increase market demands and thereby cause inflation of huge consequences.
(2.) The most devastating strain will be on our foreign exchange. By the time the increase is actualised, the pound will be hitting 400 Naira per unit.
(3.) The general market price level of goods will generally follow suit and we will all be back to square one because the Naira will become valueless
(4.) More people will lose their jobs and unemployment will increase because most companies and government establishments will not afford the new jumbo rise.

The government officials should rethink their decisions and instead develop the infrastructural platform for Nigeria. The government should rather invest the money in building and improving infrastructure.: electricty, roads and water. This will rather improve the poverty level in the country and generate more jobs.
 GOD BLESSED U MY BROTHER U REASON VERY WELL..BUT JANTHAN WE STILL DO MORE JUST KEEP WATCHIN
 
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