Minimum Wage: NASS gives Fresh Update on Survival Package

In the coming weeks, Nigerians, particularly civil servants, are set to receive a survival wage from the federal government.
Godswill Obot Akpabio and Hon Abbas Tajudeen
Godswill Obot Akpabio and Hon Abbas Tajudeengoogle photo

This measure aims to alleviate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, disclosed this development on Tuesday, April 15.

Abbas said that efforts are underway to provide survival packages to Nigerians while negotiations on the minimum wage continue.

Speaking at the National Policy Dialogue on Corruption, Social Norms, and Behaviour Change in Nigeria, which was organized by the Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, Abbas conveyed this message. He was represented by Hon Oluwole Oke of Osun State.

Addressing the issue, Abbas stated, "A situation where the take-home pay of a large segment of the population is unable to take them home is a recipe for all manner of corruption.

This is why the House of Representatives is particularly interested in the ongoing review of the minimum wage in the country. The House this time around will ensure that Nigerians get a survival wage that could take them home."

Similarly, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, represented by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Saviour Enyiekere, underscored the necessity of combating corruption despite its complexities. He stressed that the fight against corruption must be built on accountability, transparency, and the reinforcement of legal frameworks.

Akpabio expressed, "Nigeria is not lacking in such legal frameworks, and the 10th Senate under my leadership is positioned to bridge any existing legislative gaps in the fight against corruption.

However, institutions like the ICPC must enforce comprehensive anti-corruption laws that criminalise corrupt activities and establish clear guidelines for ethical behaviours."

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