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N615,000 minimum wage achievable — Shehu Sani

 N615,000 minimum wage achievable — Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, a former senator representing Kaduna Central, has stated that the federal government possesses the resources necessary to pay a minimum wage of N615,000 to workers.

He sid this during an interview with Arise Television on Thursday.

Sani emphasized the importance of the government considering the stance of organized labour on the minimum wage issue. He urged the federal government to address this longstanding matter to avert potential strikes.

He said, “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–N48,000, 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 one that is already on paper. So how this could be reflected should be considered.

“But from what we have learnt since the withdrawal of subsidy, the government has more money and there is no better way to effectively and productively spend it than to increase the minimum wage of the Nigerian worker 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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