Minimum Wage: Sowore Promises Workers N100,000


    .To Slash NASS’ Jumbo Pay

BY COBHAM NSA, ABUJA – Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Mr Omoyele Sowore, says Nigerian workers will smile to the bank monthly with N100,000 minimum wage if elected president at the February 16, 2019 polls.

The presidential standard bearer also vowed to slash the current jumbo pay enjoyed by National Assembly (NASS) members.

Similarly, he said the AAC administration will frontally tackle the ghost workers menace with cutting edge technologies that daily capture workers’ fingerprints and the number of hours they spend at work.

Speaking at a town hall meeting: ‘The Candidates’, organised by the MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and DARIA media in Abuja, Sowore said his administration would effectively block all leakages and ensure the nation’s resources are properly management for effective service delivery.

Staying on the minimum wage, Sowore described as objectionable and disheartening the present situation where national legislators are paid huge allowances to the detriment of the nation’s economic fortunes.

He said; “The issue of some people earning minimum wage and others earning maximum wage, where a senator earns N14 million monthly is unacceptable.

“Do you know that it will take a Nigerian worker earning N30, 000 monthly about 38 years to earn what a senator is earning per month?”

Assuring that the AAC government would institute and promote efficiency in tax collection, the presidential flag-bearer said there would be no sacred cows, stressing that measures would be put in place to tackle most companies, which collect tax from workers but fail to remit to government coffers or under remit in other instances.

According to him, the AAC-led administration would be focused on addressing the nation’s age-long challenges in the power sector, promising to install solar panels that would generate about 4,500 megawatts of electricity across the country within a year.

He said Nigeria was lacking in good and effective leadership that could readily harness existing huge potentials to attract and encourage investors who are keen on building power stations in the country

The AAC candidate maintained that instead of selling national power installations around the country, his administration would drive growth within the sector by giving licenses to investors with the capacity to generate power on a sustainable basis for Nigerian consumers.

He said the AAC is out to address Nigeria’s problem that is mainly wealth distribution rather than wealth generation

Also speaking on the platform, his running mate, Mr Rabiu Rufai, said the AAC is determined to pay Nigerian workers a living wage and not just the so-called minimum wage.

Lamenting that an average Nigerian worker spends at least N1,000 daily on transportation, Rabiu rejected N27,000 being proposed by the Federal Government, noting that the amount is grossly inadequate for workers to feed themselves, their families, pay schools fees, house rents, other utility bills and have some savings.

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