- Balarabe Musa has said that any increase in petroleum price will badly affect the newly signed minimum wage
- Musa said that an average worker in the country can barely get by with the newly introduced wage
- The elder statesman also added that there must be laws to punish any employer who refuses to page the new salary scale
Former Kaduna state governor who is also an elder statesman, Balarabe Musa, has said that any increase in petroleum price will make a mess of the new minimum wage.
The elder statesman, in an interview with the Independent, also said that inflation had already made a mess of new minimum wage.
He said that the N30,000 minimum wage is very little to take care of the living condition of an average worker in the country.
Musa also said that considering how little the wage is in sustaining the livelihood of workers, President Muhammadu Buhari should implement laws that make it illegal for any employer not to pay the wage.
In his words: “Now that it has been implemented, the president should ensure that no employer who refused to pay the new minimum wage must get away with it. Because if we just implement the minimum wage and fail to protect the workers by enforcing it, many employers will stop paying it.
"So, the federal government must make sure anybody who refuses to pay the minimum wage must not get away with it.”
He added that the whole thing will be real nonsense if the petroleum price is again increased with how workers can barely get by even with the signed N30,000.
“We are also hearing rumours that petroleum price will be increased now that the president has signed the new minimum wage. If that happens, then the whole thing is nonsense because the benefits workers will get from the new minimum wage will be destroyed by the inflation that accompanies it. Petroleum price determine every other prices in Nigeria.
"If petroleum price goes up, prices of foodstuff and other goods will also go up and this will make the new minimum wage meaningless,” he said.
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Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) on Friday, April 19, commended Buhari for assenting to the new minimum wage of N30,000 for Nigerian workers.
The chairman of the Lagos chapter of CDHR, Mr Alex Omotehinse, however, told that workers deserved more to live a more comfortable life.
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