Senator Shehu Sani describes the current minimum wage of N18,000 as ‘a big insult’ to Nigerian workers
Senator representing Kaduna Central at upper chamber of National Assembly, says the minimum wage is not even enough to feed a politician’s dog in a month.
The Sani states that Nigerian workers deserve to live better than they are currently living
Senator Shehu Sani has advocated the sum of $300 (about N150,000) as minimum wage for Nigerian workers.
The Senator representing Kaduna central at upper chamber of National Assembly made the statement on Monday, May 1, during the workers celebration in Kaduna, the Sun reports.
The senator described the current N18,000 minimum wage as ‘a big insult’ to Nigerian workers adding that, the amount was not even enough to feed a politician’s dog in a month.
Shehu Sani said the Nigerian workers deserve to live better than they are currently living as the country is reach enough to comfortably pay them, NAIJ reported
He complained that politicians and other public office holders have been stealing monies that would have been used to achieve better pay for workers long ago quickly added that, all the politicians are well paid even though the system has made it difficult for them to display their genuine pay slip.
He said: “When you say N56,00, or N60,000, sometimes all these things are tied to our foreign exchange. Nigerian workers should have not less than $300 per month and that will be between N140,000 and N150,000.
“I would be one of those that would push it forward. Nigeria has the resources to do that. The amount of money that is been used to maintain and sustain political office holders, the amount of money been wasted on corruption, the amount of money been stolen both known and unknown are monumental to the point that we cannot tell ourselves that such a country that pride itself as a giant of Africa will be paying less than $20 in the name of minimum wage.
“N18,000 or N20,000 minimum wage is an insult to Nigerian worker because it cannot sustain even a dog or security man in the house of a politician.
“So, as far as I am concern, I believe the only way to be fair and just is to peg it and we should not just peg it but rather make it a government policy. Public and private working places should maintain that especially you journalists that have no salary. I think there should be a law that should peg a minimum wage and take it to the dollar and that will be the best way to which workers will be able to sustain themselves and their family.”
Meanwhile, angry workers in their thousand disrupted the 2017 May Day celebrations at the Eagle Square, Abuja, following the the failure of the federal government to give them a new minimum wage in the country.
According to the workers, federal government had a responsibility to give them a definite position on the lingering issue of a new minimum wage in the country.
We learnt that the workers were also displeased that that neither the president nor the vice president was at the event to address them on the grave issues affecting them.