Increase minimum wage, NLC tells FG

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The Nigeria Labour Congress has urged the Federal Government to use the occasion of Democracy Day celebration to announce the composition of a tripartite negotiation committee on the national minimum wage.

The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, made the call in a statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja, ahead of Democracy Day celebration on Monday.

Wabba, who recalled that the minimum wage was increased to N18,000  six years ago, added that the patience of workers had been stretched due to the current inflation in the country.

“We, therefore, urge the Federal Government to use the occasion of Democracy Day to announce the composition of a tripartite negotiation committee as this is imperative for the government to review the national minimum wage,”  he said.

Wabba also condemned the recent coup rumour, saying  labour was opposed to any move to truncate the current democratic dispensation.

“The NLC wishes to state in the strongest possible tone that it is categorically opposed to any further military adventurism in the body politics of our nation.

“The damage military rule caused our nation is not only in the realm of our political culture, it deepened and virtually institutionalised corruption in all the segments of our national life,” he said.

The NLC president urged the leadership of the military to identify individuals involved the suspected coup plot and prosecute them.

Don’t truncate democracy, Dickson warns fifth columnists

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson, has challenged anti-democratic forces working to truncate Nigeria’s democracy to have a rethink, saying that democracy has come to stay in the country.

According to the governor, it is no longer fashionable to have a non-democratic society because democracy remains the best system of governance.

Dickson’s comments were contained in his goodwill message on Sunday to all Nigerians on the occasion of the 2017 Democracy Day.

The statement was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

The governor expressed optimism that despite the various anti-democratic forces, the nation’s democracy would continue to grow and become a reference point for many countries.

He observed that as a form of government, democracy had evolved in Nigeria, adding that as an institution, it was checking some of the developmental challenges in the country.

While paying tribute to all those who had contributed immensely to the sustenance of democracy in the country, Dickson remarked that they had a place in Nigeria’s history.

He charged critical stakeholders such as the members of the National Assembly, civil society organisations and the media not to abdicate their roles of defending and promoting the noble ideals of democracy even in the face of constant threats and intimidation.

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