Ben Bruce Tackles Governors Over Minimum Wage

Ben Bruce Tackles Governors Over Minimum Wage

Senator Ben Bruce representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District has faulted the calls by some state governors to reduce the minimum wage of N18,000 downward.

Ben Bruce Tackles Governors Over Minimum Wage
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce

He advised state governors against contemplating with the move which according to him is unjustifiable.

The senator in a series of tweets noted that reducing the amount which can barely take care of any family in the country is an invitation of crime and corruption among workers, Vanguard reports.

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Bruce said: “A worker with a family earns less than a member of the NYSC who earns ₦19,800. Reducing his pay is unconscionable!  A man earning ₦18k struggles to pay rent, feed family & pay school fees. To reduce his pay is to punish his family. If FG & state govts dont pay workers well they invite workers to steal. To end corruption we must pay workers well.”

State governors under the auspice of Nigeria Governors’ Forum at their meeting reportedly complained about the minimum wage of N18, 000 stating that they can no longer pay due to the dwindling economy of the country following the fall in oil price at the global market.

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In a related development, Governor Adams Oshiohmole of Edo state had stated that the N18, 000 minimum wage must be paid against all odds, thereby disagreeing with other governors, who were skeptical about it considering the present economic situation in Nigeria.

He added that the minimum wage was in force since the tenure of the previous administration and wondered why his colleagues were calling for its reduction now.


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