Nigerian workers’ hopes for a new minimum wage announcement by President Bola Tinubu on October 1 have been dashed as the Ministry of Labour and Employment vehemently refuted such claims, calling them baseless and untrue.
In a statement issued today by the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Olajide Oshundun, the government set the record straight regarding the rumors that had been circulating.
“The attention of the Ministry of Labour and Employment has been drawn to reports circulating online claiming that the President will announce wage awards and palliatives to workers during his October 1st Independence Day speech,” Oshundun stated.
“The report which is said to have emanated from a purported interview with the Director of Information in the ministry claimed that a last-minute meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday between Federal Government and Labour to avert the proposed strike.”
“We wish to categorically state that the report is false and misleading as at no time did the Director of Information make such disclosure.”
Oshundun urged the public to dismiss the report as a complete fabrication, designed to serve undisclosed interests. He emphasized that the Director of Information at the ministry does not represent the President and was not involved in drafting the President’s speech.
“If and when the Minister schedules a meeting with Labour, the public will be adequately notified through verified channels,” Oshundun clarified.
He concluded by advising the newspaper that published the story to retract it and maintain professionalism in their reporting to avoid misleading the public.