Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Anambra State chapter, Mr Jerry Nnubia, has declared that the current minimum wage of N18, 000 for Nigerian workers is no longer sustainable and should be increased to N50, 000 monthly.
Nnubia said in Awka, that minimum wage has become long overdue for increment especially with the “harsh” economic realities in the country. “At the time we negotiated for a minimum wage of N18, 000, a dollar was exchanging for N140, but a dollar exchanges for between N220 and N240 now.”
He also said that the cost of living; accommodation, transportation and food items have gone up making it difficult for salary earners to take care of their basic needs.
By Olisemeka Obeche (with agency reports)