Democracy Day: Tinubu promises swift action on minimum wage legislation, hails heroes, heroines of June 12

...pays glowing tributes to MKO Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, Yar’Adua, Rewane, and other heroes and heroines of the June 12 struggle.


…pays glowing tributes to MKO Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, Yar’Adua, Rewane, and other heroes and heroines of the June 12 struggle.

President Bola Tinubu announced on Wednesday that a new minimum wage bill will be sent to the National Assembly soon, just as he paid glowing tributes to the heroes and heroines of the June 12 struggle, specifically Chief MKO Abiola, his wife; Kudirat; Shehu Musa Yar’Adua; and Pa Alfred Rewane, among others.

Tinubu made the announcement in a nationwide broadcast to commemorate June 12, the nation’s Democracy Day, and the country’s 25th year of uninterrupted democratic rule.

Persecondnews recalls that the National Minimum Wage Committee submitted its report to the President on Monday, June 10, 2024.

The report revealed that the Federal Government recommended a minimum wage of N62,000, while organized labour advocated a minimum wage of N250,000.

Additionally, the governors proposed a minimum wage of N57,000, while the organized private sector suggested N62,000.

Tinubu said his administration chose not to suppress organised labour, unlike what a dictatorial government would have done.

He said: “We have negotiated in good faith and open arms with organized labour on a national minimum wage; we will soon send our executive bill to the National Assembly to enshrine what has been agreed upon in the next five years or less.”

Reassuring Nigerians, President Tinubu said while he will continue to reform the economy, he will always listen to the people and will never turn his back on them.

Tinubu recalled how he and other like-minded people risked their lives for democracy.

He said that, in spite of its imperfections and complications, democracy remained the best form of government.

Tinubu seized the opportunity to pay resounding tributes to the heroes and heroines of the June 12 struggle, specifically Chief MKO Abiola and his wife, Kudirat, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, and Pa Alfred Rewane, among others.

“As we continue to reform the economy, I shall always listen to the people and will never turn my back on you.”

Tinubu also recalled that he was one of those who midwifed the Fourth Republic, saying he ended up being a direct beneficiary as President of Nigeria.

The president said: “I was among those who took the risk to midwife the birth of our democracy. I am now a direct and obvious beneficiary of the fruits of those historic efforts.

“As Nigerians, we must remind ourselves that no matter how complicated democracy may be, it is the best form of governance in the long run.

“We must also be aware that there are those among us who will try to exploit current challenges to undermine, if not destroy, this democracy for which so much has already been given.

“These people do this not to make things better but to subject all other people and things to their control and dominance until the point that, if you are not counted among their elite, then your life will be small and no longer owned by you.”

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