The special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina said the thirty thousand naira (N30000) minimum wage the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC is demanding for at the moment, is not feasible. Even if all public office holders monthly income are contributed for this purpose.
Adesina who made this known during an interview with Channels TV to speak on national issues. Though was asked to speak on the lingering face-off between FG and NLC over an upward review in the minimum wage. Is quite unfortunate that some state governors cannot pay the eighteen thousand naira (N18000) minimum wage at the moment. Asking them to pay N30000 is quite ridiculous.
Since they cannot pay N18000 and NLC is demanding for N30000 and they refuse to come lower. There may be a draw which definitely will not be good for the country. In the spirit of negotiation, NLC should come lower and not insist on N30000.” Femi Adesina said.
When asked if the executive class especially members of the All Progressives Congress APC. Wether thet will agree to have their salaries reduced to achieve the new minimum wage.
He responded thus;
“Even if they decide not to receive any salary, it still doesn’t take care of N30000 minimum wage. I doubt..!!. A dent can be made on minimum wage if the members of the national assembly will concede part of their salaries and allowances. As for other officeholders do not earn anything outrageous.” Femi Adesina said.
Moreover, labour Unions have agreed to go on a nationwide strike starting November 6, if the federal government fails to adopt the N30000 minimum wage.
SOURCE: Channels Tv
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