President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 signed into law a bill to increase the monthly minimum wage from ₦18,000 to ₦30,000, following the strike by the Nigerian Labour Union in late 2018. A couple of years down the road, some states, ever dependent on Abuja for capital, are yet to effect this change while others that affected the increment have stopped due to a lack of funds.
Despite a severe shortage of foreign exchange (forex), overseas education continues to drain the country’s resources, as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, admitted $80 million weekly disbursements for personal travel allowances or payment of overseas school fees. The amount, which translates to $960 million yearly, is disbursed to banks to enable Nigerians to meet their forex responsibilities. This is after a recent report indicated that Nigerians spend £30 million (about N20 billion) yearly paying tuition in the United Kingdom alone while the country’s education system grapples with challenges of underfunding, poor remuneration, and obsolete teaching facilities.
A protest is ongoing at the National Assembly by the workers over unpaid salaries. National Assembly workers, under the auspices of Members of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), who are agitated over non-payment of their Consolidated Salary Structure (CONLESS) are carrying various placards, chanting “No Pay No sitting”.
Hundreds of staff of Nigeria's National Assembly on Tuesday downed tools to protest and demand payment of their owed entitlements. The workers, under the auspice of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, blocked the entrance of both chambers of the National Assembly.