The Federal Government’s recent plan to slash workers’ salary as part of efforts to reduce cost of governance may not go without opposition from organised labour. Already, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has told President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, the proponent, to order. This is even as the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has warned government against the decision, which it said was provocative and inciting. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and NASU, in separate statements, said the minister must be called to order now before she sets Nigeria on fire with her “careless statements.” President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, in a statement titled “We have no more blood to bleed! Organised labour in Nigeria condemns and rejects plans to slash the salaries of Nigerian workers”, alleged that the finance minister had said that the Federal Government was working to reduce the high cost of governance by cutting down on the salaries of workers. “The minister was reported to have said this in Abuja at a policy dialogue on corruption and cost of governance in Nigeria, organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission,” Wabba said.
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