Nigeria: Nationwide protest over minimum wage hits Nigerian states

M/S Protesters marching M/S Protesters marching M/S Protesters marching C/U Placard reading: 'Minimum wage. No pay, no vote' M/S Protesters chanting SOT, Ayuba Wabba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress: «If we are the best economy in Africa, and South Africa is only second to us, South Africa is delivering 12,000 [naira] as minimum wage, they did that with dispatch, they didn't... Еще complain, their politicians didn't complain, they were able to deliver. Ghana delivered on minimum wage that is why their economy is prospering, if we have a pool of the working poor, there is no way the economy can do better.» W/S Protesters SOT, Ayuba Wabba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress: «If we reduce stealing, if we reduce the cost of governance, we will be able to pay 30,000 [naira] minimum wage, we have also said, any governor that cannot pay let him go back to his state and use the opportunity of today's rally to tell his workers that he cannot pay and let him give us reason, we will tell him more than 1000 reasons on why we think they can be able to pay.» W/S Protesters SOT, Shehu Sani, Senator of Nigeria: «We are in a political season, you can see the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by people in the position of power, if they have money for campaigns, why can't they have money to pay our workers? That is untenable, that is unacceptable.» M/S Placards M/S Protesters The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) organised protests across the country on Tuesday, demanding lawmakers to establish a higher minimum wage, as footage filmed in the country's capital Abuja shows. The protesters urged Nigeria's political elite to set a minimum wage of 30,000 naira per month, equivalent to 80 dollars or 70 euros. «If we reduce stealing, if we reduce the cost of governance, we will be able to pay 30,000 [naira] minimum wage,» said NLC president Ayuba Wabba. People were angered by Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari delaying the submission of a minimum wage bill to the parliament.
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