Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, MMWG, has called on all different tiers and agencies that have anything to do with the implementation of the new minimum wage to act immediately so as not to jeopardise the laudable action of the federal government on the matter.
This is even as it charged the government to set the necessary machinery in motion to tackle possible inflation that may arise over the marginal increase granted.
The group, in a statement issued by its national coordinator, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the New Minimum Wage Bill shortly after it was passed by the National Assembly.
MMWG, however, stressed the need for government to fast-track its implementation, especially through “the release of the harmonised salary table that would reflect the New Wage Act assented by Salaries, Income and Wages Commission and Head of Service of the Federation, implementation circular to all ministries, departments and parastatals in addition to all governors and local government chairmen in the Federation as well as the private sectors and small scale industries”.
The group also reminded the government that “the nation’s senior citizens who have retired from the federal, states and local governments’ services have been waiting to know the minimum pension which ought to be approved along with the new minimum wage”.
It therefore called of President Buhari “to expedite action over this as new minimum pension has been due since 2016”.
On the nation’s security situation, the group expressed worry at the incessant killings and maiming of innocent people, especially in the Northern parts of the country.
“We condemn acts of intimidation and harassment of innocent citizens through kidnapping, abduction and other forms of terrorism.
To address the problems, it affirmed that the federal government must first tackle the corruption in the Police.