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N30,000 minimum wage not feasible — even if public office holders sacrifice their pay – Femi Adesina

Valentine Chinyem



Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, has said the demand of N30,000 as new minimum wage by labour leaders is not feasible.

Mr. Femi said this during a Channels TV programme on Thursday.

He said even if public office holders decide to forfeit their entire pay, it still does not mean government would be able to meet up with the proposed minimum wage by labour leaders.

He said many are still struggling to pay the N18,000.

“So if they can’t pay N18,000 and labour is asking for N30,000 and they refuse to come lower, there may be a stalemate which will not be good for the country,” he said.

“I think in the spirit of negotiation, labour should not insist on N30,000.”

Asked if the political class “especially members of the All Progressives Congress (APC)” agreeing to reduce their salaries will not make the new minimum wage demand possible, the presidential spokesman replied: “I doubt.”

“Even if they decide not to collect anything, it still doesn’t take care of N30,000 minimum wage; it doesn’t.

“Maybe if the members of the national assembly concede part of their salaries and allowances, it can make a dent on minimum wage. But other office holders dont earn anything outrageous.”

It would be recalled that government has been at loggerheads with organised labour over a demand for an increase in the minimum wage.