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NANS Urges FG to Meet NLC’s Wage Demands

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the administration led by Bola Tinubu to comply with the demands of the Organized Labour.

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the administration led by Bola Tinubu to comply with the demands of the Organized Labour.

In a weekend statement signed by its president, Pedro Obi, NANS expressed solidarity with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in advocating for an increase in the national minimum wage.

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Citing current economic challenges, the association emphasized the legitimacy of the NLC’s demands.

The statement reads: “We urge the Federal Government to respond promptly and favorably to the legitimate demands of Nigerian workers.

“The current economic conditions have significantly weakened the purchasing power of the average Nigerian worker. Inflation, rising living costs, and the continuous devaluation of the naira have made it increasingly difficult for many families to meet their basic needs.

“In this context, the organized Labour’s demand for a living wage is not only reasonable but also imperative.

“Nigerian youth and students are directly affected by the welfare of their parents and guardians, who are mostly workers and civil servants.

“A higher minimum wage would improve living conditions for millions of Nigerian families, thereby creating a better environment for students to focus on their education and personal development.

“We therefore call on the Federal Government to:

“Engage in Constructive Dialogue: We urge the government to engage the Labour Union in meaningful negotiations to reach a mutually beneficial agreement on the minimum wage.

“Prioritize Workers’ Welfare: Recognize the critical role of Nigerian workers in national development and prioritize their welfare in policy decisions.

“Implement a Sustainable Wage Policy: Establish a fair and sustainable wage policy that reflects current economic realities and is regularly reviewed to keep pace with inflation and cost of living adjustments.”

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