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PENGASSN Urges FG, States To Resolve Issues On Minimum Wage

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PENGASSN Urges FG, States To Resolve Issues On Minimum Wage

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has urged the Federal, state governments and  organised private sector to resolve the differences  in the ongoing negotiation for a new minimum wage in the country.

The National President of the Union,  Mr Olabode Johnson made the appeal  while addressing newsmen on its planned 40thanniversary, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

He described as ungodly, the shenanigans displayed by some state governors when it comes to payment of workers’ salaries.

“ We need to give priority to the issue of minimum wage now before the political campaigns starts in full by next month, all parties need to agree on a particular amount on this issue.

According to him, PENGASSAN believes  that the Federal and state governments have the capacity to resolve the minimum wage issue before campaigns start, so that it can be legislated upon, passed and eventually becomes law.

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“PENGASSAN, as an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, we are also bound to look at the dictates of the agreement.

“ When you look at the issue of the new minimum wage, you will agree that it is long overdue. You must be able to give Nigerians a minimum wage. Look at the current hardship, look at depreciation; look at what everybody is facing.

“I also want to appeal to the Federal and state governments, Nigeria Employers Consultative Assembly, (NECA), and other stakeholders, that a stitch in time saves nine.

“ Whatever everybody is supposed to do, because, by the end of November, politics will start; so now is the time to do everything we have to do in that regard,’’ he said

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He added that Nigerians should also see the disagreement on this issue that the leaders know what they are doing, saying “ for every state that has political appointees, I have never seen that they are been owed salaries.

“ The issue of minimum wage we want to appeal to government to give it priority. Let this bickering of N24,000, N25,000 and N30,000 be sorted out, so that you don’t create an impression with Nigerians that you are insensitive to their plights. Let us pay everybody his or her due.” he said

On the planned 40th anniversary  scheduled to hold, October 18,  he said  that  President Muhammadu Buhari, would be the special guest of honour.

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Others expected at the event are businessman, Aliko Dangote, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, state governors, chief executive officers of international oil companies and security experts.

Johnson noted that past labour leaders who fought for the actualisation of June 12 would also be recognized at the anniversary.

He added that the union with the anniversary would expand its scope in ensuring job creation through the world class event center that it would launch.

He said that qualified Nigerians would be employed to run and mange the operation of the center professionally.

He said that the conference would focus on ‘Labour, fuelling the economy.’(NAN)

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