- Some Nigerian workers want President Buhari to cut cost of governance and security votes to political offices
- The workers want the money to be used to fund the N30,000 minimum wage approved by the National Assembly
- Some of the workers argue that the implementation of the minimum wage is long overdue
Some Nigerian workers on Tuesday, March 26, urged the federal government to reduce security votes and costs of governance of political office holders in order to accommodate the new minimum wage.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workers made the call in Enugu in separate interviews while reacting to inability of some state governments to pay the current N18, 000 minimum wage.
Some of the workers argued that if state governors reduce their “frivolous, wasteful and ostentatious living, paying the new wage would be easy.”
The report quoted Nkechi Afadigwe, a legal practitioner, as urging President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the new wage of N30,000 to ease the sufferings of workers.
“Different organs of government should reduce their cost of running government businesses to accommodate the minimum wage.
“The money spent on esta-codes as a result of foreign trips should be enough to pay the minimum wage.
“Different organs of government should strengthen their revenue base to supplement the money allocated to them by the federation account to accommodate the wage,” Afadigwe said.
On his part, Joseph Ibe, a civil servant, who noted that the new minimum wage had been a long battle between the federal government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), added: “Ordinarily, in the spirit of rule of law, the minimum wage is supposed to have taken place long ago. If they can slash political office holder’s expenditure, they can save money and pay the new wage.
“Minimum wage will encourage workers to put in their best in their various offices.
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“The wage increment will place Nigeria on top among the comity of nation in regards to attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).”
Speaking also, Agatha Ogbaji, a caterer, urged the federal government not to increase the tax adding that if they do so, inflation would be too high in the country.
“There must be improved productivity on the part of workers to justify the money they were fighting for,” Ogbaji said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Buhari on Monday, March 25, received the report of the technical advisory committee on the implementation of the new national minimum wage at the Presidential Villa, Abuja with a promise to review the document.
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