Strike: Take decisive action on living wage, CAN president tells Tinubu 

The National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Daniel Okoh, Monday, expressed concern over the ongoing strike action by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) over the minimum wage impasse.

He appealed to the federal government to consider the plight of Nigerian workers and take decisive action to implement a living wage. 

In a statement made available to the media Monday  in Abuja, Archbishop Okoh  stated that workers are the backbone of the nation and their well-being is integral to the country’s collective prosperity.

Okoh highlighted the crucial role of fair wages in fostering a thriving and stable economy, adding that a living wage is not just a matter of economic policy, but a moral imperative that reflects the nation’s commitment to social justice and equity.

“I appeal to the government to earnestly consider the plight of Nigerian workers and take decisive action to implement a living wage. Our workers are the backbone of our nation, and their well-being is integral to our collective prosperity.

“Similarly, I encourage the labour unions to conduct their protests in a peaceful and law-abiding manner, avoiding violence and the destruction of property. We must remember that our actions today will shape the Nigeria of tomorrow,” he stated. 

He added that the legitimate demands of the labour unions for a fair and adequate minimum wage are understandable and justified, adding that Nigerian workers deserve a living wage that meets their basic needs and ensures their well-being. 

“At the same time, I am acutely aware of the devastating impact that this strike is having on our economy and the most vulnerable members of our society. The disruption of essential services and the economic strain on families are causing widespread distress and hardship,” he said.