Keep to your word on minimum wage – Atiku tells Buhari

OrderPaperToday- The Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the implementation of a new minimum wage.

The organisation made the statement following comments credited to the Presidency stating that contrary to wide media reports, President Buhari did not pledge to pay the new minimum wage of ₦30,000.

In a press statement released on Wednesday, the campaign organisation said such “approbation and reprobation” has become characteristic of the present administration leading to policy instability and the attendant loss of foreign investors.

According to the press release: “A government is only as reliable as its word and if its word is not reliable then nothing else about the government will be stable. This is why Nigeria suffered from a recession under this administration and is right now at risk of another recession.

“At the risk of repeating ourselves, we urge the Buhari administration to note that Nigerian workers are the goose that lays the golden egg that top members of this government are enjoying to the detriment of those laying the egg.

“We are aware that both President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo, despite living and feeding at the public expense, collect a hardship allowance of 50% of their annual basic salary, whereas, the long suffering Nigerian workers, who are the main sufferers of the hardship caused by the incompetence of this administration, do not have any hardship allowance and are expected to live on the unliveable minimum wage of the Buhari government.”

The body called on the President to keep faith with the agreement his government “freely” reached with labour and pay “a living wage as opposed to the starvation wages” now paid to workers.

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