Minimum Wage For Productive Workers Should Be N100,000, Says APC PGF Boss Salihu Lukman

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The Director-General, All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum, Salihu Moh. Lukman, has said that the minimum wage of optimally productive Nigerian worker should not be anywhere less than N100,000.

In a statement he made available to newsmen in Abuja last weekend, titled; True federalism and labour issues, he argued that it has become apparent that the leadership of labour unions in Nigeria have been weakened so much that their negotiating power is hardly oriented based on knowledgeable disposition about workers input in the production process.

He further described as an apology, the current minimum wage of N30,000 in the present-day Nigeria for any family.

The PGF DG however cautioned that using federal government capacity to fix minimum wage is going to be suicidal, noting that challenges bordering on ensuring availability of enough financial resources to guarantee higher levels of wages in the country must be addressed.

“It is difficult not to conclude that National Executive Council (NLC) and its leadership have a misplaced priority. As a union federation, its primary responsibility should be to ensure that Nigerian workers are able to have all it takes to guarantee maximum production.

“Wages are supposed to be the share paid to workers for their role in production. As things are in Nigeria, at all levels, production is low and in many cases wages, especially in the public sector, are hardly a function of workers’ productivity.

Part of the difficulty, which our democracy must address is the question of developing the labour market.

“With more than 200 million population, could NLC be contented with its current low membership of far less than 20,000? Beyond creating jobs, the quality of those jobs is important.

The whole notion of decent jobs is compromised so long as workers don’t earn living wages. Living wages will be a far cry if the current low productivity indices are retained

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