Cleric Calls On Government To Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage
A call has gone out to President Muhammadu Buhari and the 36 state governors to slash their own salaries and that of political appointees in order to accommodate the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.
The clergy man who made the call also urged lawmakers in the National Assembly to consider reducing their outrageous entitlements in order to make it possible for payment of the N30,000 minimum wage for workers.
Reverend Isaac Gbadero, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Sabongari, Zaria, Kaduna State, made the call while expressing concern over the meagre amount being given to civil servants in Nigeria as minimum wage.
Naija News recalls organised Labour has given the Federal Government a deadline of December 31 to send a draft bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly.
The union threatened that if government does not do this, a nationwide strike will commence on the second day of the new year.
“See how much they are paying themselves in the House of Representatives and the Senate (National Assembly) and see the small change they are giving as basic salary.
“Look at the current argument now, some governors are saying it is hard to pay the proposed minimum wage. What is wrong in them slashing their own salary? Is it wrong for the president to reduce his own money? Is it wrong for the senators and Reps to reduce their own salary?
“Let them slash their salaries and give us what belongs to us, have they come to lead people who are suffering? If not, why can’t they sacrifice for the sake of the nation?
“If they desire good things for themselves they should also desire good things for Nigerians too. People should know, those who are not leading us well, we can change them at the polling booth, therefore, there is no need to make trouble.
“Let’s come together, there is no need to fight ourselves, whether you are a Muslim, Christian, Pagan, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Kanuri, Ibibio or Kalabari, we go to the same market.
“But these people don’t come to market, they use our tax money to buy all what they want, why can’t we get wiser. Let them stop using us to kill ourselves, let’s come together and elect credible people who care for us,” NAN reports Gbadero as saying.