President Tinubu told to increase Workers Minimum Wage to N200,000
A chieftain of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, has called on the federal government to accept the N200,000 proposed by the Nigerian labour leaders as the minimum wage for workers across the country.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Oguntoyinbo, who contested the Ogun State governorship ticket on the platform of the party during the last election, pointed out that the low-income earners in the country are struggling with harsh economic realities as about 120 million of them live in abject poverty.
He said the proposed minimum wage is needed in view of the present economic reality occasioned by the increment in the prices of goods and services across the country.
He added that his appeal is based on the present economic reality in the country.
He said that Tinubu and the governors should find ways to listen and approve the request from the workers.
“There is a need for President Tinubu and governors to do some calculations and soul searching on the minimum wage to reflect the current realities in the country, by strengthening the take-home home of workers at the end of every month to meet the current market prices of foodstuffs and other essential utilities.
“All elected leaders should seize the opportunity of being elected among millions of citizens in the country to make a difference in the lives of people, by creating an enabling environment for Nigerians irrespective of their income to meet their comfortability.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to our President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and 36 state governors to make the welfare of workers and ordinary citizens a priority by adhering to the 200 thousand naira minimum wage rather than increasing their own pay.”