President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to increase workers’ current minimum wage without further delay.
He said the demand by the organized labour was in view of the economic recession, noting that N18, 000 was not an amount that any worker can survive on.
Wabba said increment was the strategy the United States used to address recession.
He argued that the economy cannot return to its former state unless the citizens have purchasing power.
“The state of the country’s economy requires that we increase minimum wage. We need to empower the people to buy and sell. If the economy is at standstill and people cannot buy, the economy will not grow.
“It is the workers’ money that keeps the economy growing. It is not the fund disbursed for big contracts that are kept in different accounts that keeps the country economy growing.
“That was the logic that helped the United States to revive their economy,” he added.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has urged Nigerians to always speak positively about the country in spite of the current economic recession.