Minimum Wage: Anything Less Than N100,000 Not Good For Nigerian Worker – Shehu Sani


A Former lawmaker and human rights activist, Senator Shehu Sani, says no Nigerian worker can survive on less than N100,000 against the current economic realities in the country.

Consequently, Sani, who represented Kaduna Central during his time at the Nigerian Senate between June 2015 and June 2019, has challenged the Federal Government to urgently address the minimum wage question to assuage the frayed nerves of Nigerian workers in the interest of nationwide peaceful industrial relations.

While discussing the ongoing minimum wage controversy between organized Labour and the federal government in an interview with ARISE TV, the former lawmaker said the government has the resources to pay a reasonable minimum wage, insisting that a living wage for the labourers was not a bad idea.

The author and playwright stated thus; “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 by labour should be given serious consideration 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 that they already have 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’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.”

According to the 56-year-old politician; “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 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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