The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to give his assent to the new Minimum Wage Act as soon as passed by the Senate.
The group added that the president should also endeavour to enforce the new wage.
The Secretary-General of ASCSN, Mr. Bashir Lawal, made the appeal yesterday in Lagos, while giving a congratulatory message to the President on his re-election.
Lawal said that Buhari should not delay in signing the new wage bill when ready.
He also noted that the bill had already been approved by the House of Representatives.
Lawal, who commended the President for ensuring timely payment of workers’ salaries, said that it was good that the President did not lay off workers, noting that the labour market was over-saturated.
”We commend the President for ensuring that salaries and allowances of public servants are paid as and when due. We are happy that promotion arrears and outstanding salaries owed workers had been settled,” he said.
The ASCSN scribe said that there was no doubt that workers omitted or short-paid would be settled soonest.
He further hailed the President for keeping his promise to make unity colleges to remain a commonwealth.
Lawal, however, advised Buhari to use the next four years to look at areas that need improvement in order to enhance national cohesion, peace, prosperity and progress.
Buhari had polled 15,191,847 votes, ahead of Atiku’s 11,262,978, to be declared the winner of the election by the Chairman of the INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
Yakubu, while declaring Buhari winner, put the total number of valid votes at 27,324, 583.
However, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has revealed that he would never congratulate the President Muhammadu Buhari because the election was not free and fair but marred by many irregularities.
The former Vice President stated that he would challenge the outcome in court.
Atiku in a statement titled, ‘Democracy will not be emasculated in Nigeria,’ insisted that there were predetermined malpractices in many states.
This, he said, negated the results announced by the commission.
Atiku also wondered how states that were ravaged by terrorism could generate much higher voter turnout than peaceful states.
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