Reps Criticize NLC, TUC for Spreading False Information on Lawmakers’ Pay

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House of Representatives Denounces Fake Pay Claims by Labour Unions

The House of Representatives has strongly criticized the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) for disseminating what it calls “fake earnings” of its members. The House claims this misinformation is aimed at inciting public resentment against lawmakers and undermining the credibility of the legislature.

Allegations of Economic Sabotage

In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Akin Rotimi, the House expressed concern over the tactics employed by organized labour, warning that these actions could incite public unrest and damage the legislature’s reputation. The statement emphasized the need to bring those sabotaging the nation’s economy to justice.

Response to Recent Strike

Acknowledging the recent industrial action by the NLC and TUC over the national minimum wage, the House appreciated the suspension of the strike for one week to allow for further negotiations. Speaker Abbas Tajudeen has consistently advocated for a living wage and better working conditions for workers, emphasizing the importance of addressing the economy and security through legislative action.

Caution Against Unsustainable Wage Increases

The House supports the call for improved wages and working conditions but cautions against raising the minimum wage beyond the economy’s capacity, warning of potential negative outcomes like inflation and layoffs. The statement urged a balanced approach to ensure long-term stability and prosperity.

Condemnation of Infrastructure Shutdowns

The House condemned the shutdown of critical infrastructure, including the national grid and airports, during the strike, labeling these actions as economic sabotage. The statement criticized the union leaders, suggesting that their actions exacerbated the suffering of ordinary citizens.

Addressing Misinformation

The House also addressed the persistent misinformation spread by labour leaders regarding lawmakers’ earnings, accusing them of exaggerating figures to create public resentment and undermine the legislature. The statement called for honest and transparent dialogue instead of spreading inaccuracies for political leverage.

Commitment to Constituents

Contrary to labour leaders’ claims, the House affirmed its commitment to acting in the best interest of Nigerians, ensuring that their mandate is meaningfully upheld. The statement urged union leaders to return to the negotiation table and engage in good faith with other stakeholders to achieve a balanced and sustainable outcome.


The House of Representatives remains dedicated to resolving the minimum wage issue in a manner that balances economic realities with the needs of Nigerian workers. It calls for cooperation and honest dialogue to move forward constructively.

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