Nigerian workers deserve new minimum wage -Masari
From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
Katsina State governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has said that workers in the country need new minimum wage to overcome economic challenges facing them.
Masari spoke at state quadrennial delegate reference of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria.
He said inflation and other economic leakages had entered into the old minimum wage.
Masari noted that the new minimum wage would ease life for workers and motivate them for productivity.
He however called on the union to pursue their demands with maturity and not to consider agitation of minimum wage as only issue for the welfare of workers.
Masari reminded the unionists that governments could only give what they have, adding: “There’s need for maturity in your agitation and approach.”
He also stressed the need for labour leaders to contribute toward ensuring emergence of good leaders through their activities.
According to him, the state and the country had never been short of “big men,” saying that: “What we are lacking is good leaders.”
Earlier, out-going chairman of the union, Comrade Husaini Hamisu Yanduna said the conference was an opportunity to review performance of the union in the last four years and elect new leaders.
Comrade Yanduna, who is the current state Chairman of NLC, said the conference has its theme as ‘Advancing National Campaign towards Good Governance, Poverty Alleviation and Health for all Development.’
At the end of the conference, new leaders for the union were elected for four-year tenure.
They included Mannir Muhammad Suleiman, chairman; Aminu Wambai, vice chairman; Bishir Ibrahim Gyaza, treasurer and Mannir Tukur, PRO.
Other elected were Babangida Shehu as auditor and Mustapha Bala Zango as trustee.