Youth Rights Campaign Urges Equal Treatment: Calls for Political Office Holders in Nigeria to Receive National Minimum Wage

Youth Rights Campaign Urges Equal Treatment: Calls for Political Office Holders in Nigeria to Receive National Minimum Wage

…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media. A non-governmental organization called the Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) has made a demand for President Bola Tinubu and all other political office holders in Nigeria to receive the national minimum wage.

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The organization argues that it is unfair to expect ordinary Nigerians to make sacrifices for the country while political elites enjoy the nation’s resources.

Demand for Minimum Wage Increase and Unemployment Allowance:

The YRC, led by its national coordinator, Michael Lenin, further demands an increase in the minimum wage to N200,000 per month without any job cuts, along with the introduction of an unemployment allowance for young people without employment.

The group condemns the planned 114 percent pay rise for political office holders.

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Political Office Holders Should Lead by Example:

The YRC points out that President Tinubu and other political office holders should take a pay cut due to the already substantial salaries and allowances they receive.

Meanwhile, citizens are burdened with issues such as fuel subsidy removal, currency devaluation, an expected increase in electricity tariff, and the introduction of tuition fees in public higher institutions.

Equitable Treatment for All Nigerians:

The YRC emphasizes the need for fairness and argues that if President Tinubu is truly affected by the economic challenges facing poor Nigerians, he should not earn more than the people he leads.

The group highlights the vast disparity between the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by political leaders and the financial struggles of ordinary citizens who allocate the majority of their income to food consumption, leaving little for other necessities.

YRC’s Demands:

The YRC, representing the Youth Rights Campaign, demands that President Tinubu and all political office holders at every level should receive the National Minimum Wage.

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Additionally, they advocate for an inflation-proof increase in the minimum wage to N200,000 per month without any job cuts, as well as the provision of an unemployment allowance for young people without employment.

Calls for Immediate Action by Labor Unions:

Recognizing the deteriorating economic situation, the YRC urges the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to initiate negotiations for a review of the minimum wage immediately.

The YRC emphasizes that workers, who have been struggling since the removal of subsidies, cannot wait until February next year to receive a pay raise.

With the planned increase in tuition fees and electricity tariffs, the cost of living for workers is expected to worsen, making a pay rise a matter of survival.

Labor’s Role in Ensuring Workers’ Rights:

In addition to rejecting the proposed hike in school fees and electricity tariffs, the YRC calls on labor unions to demand that the government raise the minimum wage to N200,000 without delay and adequately fund public education at all levels.

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The YRC emphasizes the importance of taking action, such as mass rallies, protests, and strikes, to exert pressure and ensure the implementation of a new minimum wage regime by both the federal government, state governments, and private sector employers.

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