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Minimum Wage: N45,000 unrealistic, no worker can survive less than N100K, says Shehu Sani



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A former Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has revealed that the proposed N45,000 minimum wage by the Federal Government is not realistic, saying no Nigerian worker can survive with less than N100,000 minimum wage with the current economic reality.

Senator stated this on ARISE TV while discussing the ongoing minimum wage controversy between organized Labour and the federal government

“I don’t know how a Nigerian can survive with less than N100,000. If you break down what the government is offering N45,000-48,000, you will see how unrealistic it is by the time you factor in many things. The position taken by labour should be considered by the government.

“It is one thing agreeing to increase the minimum wage and then the capacity to pay. Let us not forget that in the last few years, the government has been finding it difficult to even pay the ones they already have on paper, so how this could be reflected should be considered.

“But from what we have learned since the withdrawal of subsidy, the government has more money, and there’s no better way to effectively and productively spend it than to increase the minimum wage of Nigerian workers to a reasonable point where he can adequately take care of his family.

“Economic reforms are taking place in this country; there are consequences for the reforms. They are supposed to be sacrifices, but it should be across the board.

“Workers are seeing that money is coming in trillions; they want their own share. When a nation subsidises, it makes more value for wages, but when they are removed, you have to pay for it.”



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