Minimum wage: Governors’ rejection of N60,000 insensitive – NNPP Chieftain 

 

A chieftain of the New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP), Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, on Sunday described the rejection of proposed N60,000 minimum wage by state governors as insensitive and wicked.

Ajadi in a statement said state governors in the country should henceforth be paid based on their qualifications as contained in the Civil Service Salary Scale 

According to the APC stalwart, the governors were too hasty in their rejection of N60,000 minimum wage because the Labour Unions had not even agreed to the proposal.

“I am totally shocked that the governors could come out to say that they cannot pay the proposed N60,000 minimum wage. That pronouncement by the governors showed that they are insensitive to the plight workers and the masses. I see it as a wicked pronouncement”, he said.

Ajadi added, “In the first instance, they were too hasty in their reactions, as the Labour Unions have not even agreed to the proposal. If the governors are serving the people as they usually claim, they should cut their own salaries to N60,000 too”.

“I will also suggest that the governors should be paid according to their qualifications. They should realise that the workers attend the same market their wives and children attend.”

The NNPP Chieftain pointed out that the Edo state governor, Dr Godwin Obaseki has started paying N70,000 monthly minimum wage in his state, wondering why other 35 governors were so self – centred and insensitive to the workers.

“Since the removal of subsidy, the Federal Government has jerked up the monthly allocation to the states. What are the governors doing with the money. Part of the money should be used to pay the new minimum wage when agreed by the tripartite committee.

He further said, “President Bola Tinubu has severally warned the governors to make use of the increase in the monthly allocations to better the lots of their citizens”, adding, ” So one is shocked that the governors have the effrontery to reject a merely N60,000 proposal.”

“The question we need to even ask is, what can N60,000 buy in the present state of economy? It can’t feed a worker for two weeks, talk less of their dependants.When finally there is an agreement on the new minimum wage, I urge the governors to be sincere and ensure the prompt payment in their states”.