NAAT Proposes ₦350,000 Minimum Wage for Nigerian Workers in 2024

NAAT in Nigeria proposes raising minimum wage to ₦350,000 by 2024, citing economic hardships and the need for a living wage that aligns with the rising cost of living.

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NAAT Proposes ₦350,000 Minimum Wage for Nigerian Workers in 2024

NAAT Proposes ₦350,000 Minimum Wage for Nigerian Workers in 2024

The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) in Nigeria has proposed raising the minimum wage for its members to ₦350,000 per month by 2024. During the 5th National Delegate Conference, NAAT national president Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma stated that Nigerian workers deserve a living wage that is commensurate with the rising cost of living, rather than just a minimum wage.

Nwokoma highlighted the disparity between wages in Nigeria and other African countries, such as Seychelles and South Africa, to underscore the "sorry state" of the Nigerian worker. He also addressed the issue of delays in implementing the CONTISS 14 and 15 circular, which have hindered the career progression of union members, and called for the full implementation of the lingering FGN/NAAT 2009 Agreement.

The NAAT leader further discussed the non-payment of backlog salaries, which has impacted the financial stability and morale of the members. He pledged to pursue proactive measures to resolve this challenge and ensure that workers receive their due compensation.

Why this matters: The proposed minimum wage increase by NAAT reflects the growing concerns over the economic hardships faced by Nigerian workers, particularly in light of the recent removal of fuel subsidies and high inflation rates. The demand for a living wage highlights the need for fair compensation that enables workers to meet their basic needs and maintain a decent standard of living.

Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma explained that the current economic situation, including the removal of fuel subsidy and high inflation rates, has worsened the hardship faced by NAAT members and their dependants. He emphasized that Nigeria must move beyond a mere minimum wage to a living wage that aligns with the rising cost of living, citing the progress made by other African countries in this regard.

Key Takeaways

  • NAAT proposes raising minimum wage for members to ₦350,000 per month by 2024.
  • NAAT president cites disparity between Nigerian and other African countries' wages.
  • NAAT demands full implementation of CONTISS 14/15 circular and 2009 FGN/NAAT agreement.
  • NAAT seeks resolution of non-payment of backlog salaries affecting members' financial stability.
  • Proposed wage increase reflects concerns over economic hardships faced by Nigerian workers.