NLC Carpets Sagay’s C’mittee Over Minimum Wage Proposal

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has taken   swipe at the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, over his call to move workers minimum wage law from the exclusive to the concurrent legislative list.
National President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, stated this in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, on Wednesday after the launch of the congress’ annual Rain School Programme.
Wabba said that the PACAC chairman, has neglected facing the work of the committee which he has been saddled with but would rather venture into an area that he has scanty knowledge about.
The NLC boss accused Sagay of not delivering on the Committee’s Mandate of taming corruption in the country, urging him to focus on that assignment than making suggestions outside the purview of the committee.
Wabba reminded him that a country that pays its workers poorly can never reduce corruption to the barest minimum, stressing that even a layman knows that poorly paid workers would not be in a position to resist corrupt tendencies.
He said that Nigerian workers would resist any attempt to move the Minimum Wage Law to the concurrent list because other nations’ minimum wage is a national issue in their constitutions.

Philip Okparaji