”Current minimum wage is a joke; Govt, workers have agreed to increase it” — Oshiomhole



Adams Oshiomhole, the Senator representing Edo North, has stated that Nigerian workers, the Federal Government, and state governments have come to an agreement about raising the minimum wage and no going back.

Oshiomhole stated this in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics, making it clear that the current N30,000 minimum wage is a joke.

Adams Oshiomhole

Oshiomhole, who is a former labor union leader highlighted an important point, saying that all parties involved recognize that the current minimum wage of N30,000 is no longer sufficient to keep up with the increasing cost of living.

He said, “I think there is some unanimity between employers, including private employers and obviously the Federal Government and I believe state governments that the current minimum wage of 30,000 is a joke.

“There is a recognition of the fact that the purchasing power of the workers across the board including directors, permanent secretaries not to talk of those on levels one to four, has dropped radically and you need to beef it up.

“In a market economy, there are even countries where wages are indexed to the weight of inflation. So, I think there is a shared commitment that wages should go up and go up radically as much as prices have skyrocketed,” he said.

Recall that the federal government had assured the Nigerian workers that the new minimum wage will take effect from May 1, 2024.

The Minister of State Labour, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, gave the assurance on Wednesday while addressing Nigerian workers at the May Day celebration in Abuja.

Onyejeocha said it is regrettable that the new national minimum wage is not ready before today, but that a wide consultation is ongoing to ensure that the document is out together as soon as possible.

Oshiomhole commended the Federal Government for assuring the workers that a new minimum wage will take effect from May 1.

The current Minimum Wage Act of N30,000 was signed by former President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

The Act is to be reviewed every five years to meet with contemporary economic demands of workers.

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