“Any Government That Refuses N35K Wage Award Is Not Entitled To Peace” – Oshiomole


“Any Government That Refuses N35K Wage Award Is Not Entitled To Peace” – Oshiomole

The Senator representing Edo North Senatorial District, Adams Oshiomhole, has opined that the N35,000 Federal Government’s approved provisional wage award should also be implemented by state governments and the private sector.

Recall that President Bola Tinubu had approved N35,000 provisional wage award for all treasury-paid federal government workers for six months, as a measure to cushion the effect of the removal of fuel subsidy.

This was following further consultations with the Federal Government delegation that met with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, in 2023.

Appearing on Channels Television on Sunday, Oshiomole queried why state governments were yet to implement the agreement, adding that federal and state government workers buy from the same markets.

In his words;

“The Federal Government approved N35,000 increase on top of current wage levels. But I’m yet to understand why any Nigerian state government or governor is not implementing that agreement”.

“I don’t agree that the money was for only federal employees. Federal employees don’t have different markets from state employees and the struggle that was mobilised, workers in Nigeria were mobilised both public and private sectors in what we called a general strike before that money was awarded.

“By extension, therefore, all state governments, local governments, federal government and private sector employers should implement it. I don’t think NLC business is to lament it.

“They should fight for the implementation of their rights. Any government that refuses to implement the N35,000 is not entitled to peace. That’s my view.”