9 February 2017
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Thursday staged a protest at the National Assembly complex, Abuja, over the rising cost of living in Nigeria.
The NLC Chairman, Ayuba Wabba, said the groups were protesting the delay in the upward review of minimum wage amidst increasing cost of items in the country.
“We are here to demand for good governance and express our support in the fight against corruption.
“More importantly, we demand for respect for rule of law, greater accountability and transparency in governance,” Mr. Wabba said.
He expressed worry that Nigerian workers had been the major victims of the fall-out of corruption and bad governance.
“Today the dollar rate is N500 to one dollar and the salaries of Nigerian workers have remained the same.
“Therefore, we are here to urge the National Assembly to play an important role to ensure that life is made better for Nigerians.
“We cannot succeed if the fight against corruption does not succeed.
Responding, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said it was time to go into action towards addressing the numerous challenges confronting Nigerians.
According to him, we need to sit down and work out how to make necessary adjustments.
“It can’t continue this way, the exchange rate is high, cost of things in the market have gone high but only the workers’ salaries remain the same.
“By the next time we will meet, I will tell you what the National Assembly has done to improve the living condition of Nigerians,” Mr. Saraki said.