May 1: Tinubu promises workers ‘more than minimum wage’

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Nigeria’s president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said he would always fight for workers, adding that they will have “more than minimum wage”.

Tinubu made this commitment on Monday in a statement released to commemorate Workers Day.

He however called for “better understanding and cooperation”, noting that “tough decisions” will be made in the days ahead.

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“On this special day, as your President-elect, I extend my hand of friendship to the Nigerian workers through the two central Labour unions – Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress,” he said.

“In me, you will find a dependable ally and co-labourer in the fight for social and economic justice for all Nigerians, including all the working people.

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“Your fight will be my fight because I will always fight for you. My plans for better welfare and working conditions are clearly spelt out in my Renewed Hope Agenda for A Better Nigeria. It is a covenant born of conviction and one I am prepared to keep.

“At this point, I must remind Nigerian workers that we all have a common battle to wage, one which we must win together. And it is the fight against poverty, ignorance, disease, disunity, ethnic and religious hate and all negative forces that contend against the stability and prosperity of our country.

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“In Nigeria I shall have the honour and privilege to lead from May 29, workers will have more than a minimum wage. You will have a living wage to have a decent life and provide for your families.

“The days ahead will, however, demand better understanding and cooperation from all sides, because leadership will require that we take tough and hard decisions so that our people and all Nigerian workers can live more abundantly.”

Tinubu added that he would win the battle against poverty with the country’s workers.

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