Minimum wage: Workers will smile soon, says FG

The Federal Government on Sunday said it would soon
address the agitation for the upward review of the national minimum wage in a
manner that will make workers and all Nigerians smile.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr
Boss Mustapha, made the promise in his remarks at the 22nd Choir Anniversary of
the Christ Apostolic Church, Living Water DCC Headquarters, Abuja, tagged
“Bless the Lord, O my soul.”

Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent
Secretary (General Services Office), Office of the SGF, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle,
said the present administration was sensitive to the plight and wishes of the
masses.

He said, “While this administration is determined to
bring our nation to self-sufficiency and self-reliance, it is also sensitive to
the plight and wishes of the Nigerian masses.

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“I assure Nigerians that the recent agitation for
upward review in the national minimum wage will soon be addressed in such a way
that not only Nigerian workers will smile, but the entire nation will be better
for it.”

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Mustapha also admitted that Nigeria needed prayers and
supports of churches at this time in the nation’s history more than any other
time.

He said while government was working hard to address
the nation’s challenges, the church should continue to assist the government
with prayers.

The SGF added, “As I sincerely appreciate your prayers
of the past which have helped us this far, I wish to reiterate that this
government, more than ever before, needs the prayers and support of churches
and well-meaning citizens.

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“I therefore call on the church to add more oil to its
lamp of prayer and praise while government is working hard to perfect on
restoration of security, peace and economic prosperity.

“I have no doubt that with the indomitable weapons of
prayer and praise like what we are gathering here today to do, the walls of
corruption, insecurity and economic challenges will be brought down and our
nation shall possess its possessions.”

Mustapha also urged Christians to take part actively
in the forthcoming elections by getting their Permanent Voter Cards and voting
for leaders of their choice.

He said if they failed to elect leaders of their
choice, others would elect their choices to lead them.

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“The Church is not expected to sit back or fold their
arms and watch others elect leaders for them.

“I call on all believers to rise to their
constitutional responsibilities as patriots during the forthcoming general
elections and exercise their franchise.

“If you don’t go out to elect the leader of your
choice, others will elect theirs to lead you,” he added.

Pastor Ifiok Abia, in his sermon titled ‘The
accomplishment of praise and worship,’ assured Christians that as they sang
praises to God, the host of heaven would defend the country.

Abia expressed the conviction that the numerous vices
currently bedeviling the country would soon be erased.