The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has declared his stance on the new figure of N30,000 as the national minimum wage, imploring the state Governors to implement it.
Oshiomhole stated this at a reception in honour of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba on his election as President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in Abuja.
He further reiterated that the governors have no justification for not paying what he called a living wage to workers.
He continued, “If we have the National Salaries and Wages Commission that makes it possible for me as governor of Edo State presiding over about 4.3 million population to earn the same salary as the governor of Kano and Lagos state who are presiding over 15 million, that argument cannot change when it comes to fixing a National minimum wage.
“The primary purpose of government is the welfare of the people. The most potent asset of the people is the state that protects you from the oppressor.
“When I was a member of the governors’ forum, I did publicly advise my colleagues then that when it comes to the issue of minimum wage, I am not with them. Not only secretly but publicly too, I am going to dissociate myself.
“I believe that we need a National minimum wage. I believe that Nigeria is capable of paying a National minimum wage.
“I believe the primary purpose of government is the welfare of the people and that payment of wages is not a process of prosperity.”