N18,000 minimum wage is not enough to feed a politician’s dog – Senator Sheu Sani
He said: “When you say N56,00, or N60,000, sometimes all these things are tied to our foreign exchange. Nigerian workers should have not less than $300 per month and that will be between N140,000 and N150,000.
“I would be one of those that would push it forward. Nigeria has the resources to do that. The amount of money that is been used to maintain and sustain political office holders, the amount of money been wasted on corruption, the amount of money been stolen both known and unknown are monumental to the point that we cannot tell ourselves that such a country that pride itself as a giant of Africa will be paying less than $20 in the name of minimum wage.
“N18,000 or N20,000 minimum wage is an insult to Nigerian worker because it cannot sustain even a dog or security man in the house of a politician.
“So, as far as I am concern, I believe the only way to be fair and just is to peg it and we should not just peg it but rather make it a government policy. Public and private working places should maintain that especially you journalists that have no salary.
“I think there should be a law that should peg a minimum wage and take it to the dollar and that will be the best way to which workers will be able to sustain themselves and their family.”
He warned: “How can we celebrate when pensioners are dying because government deny them of their entitlement. The money that was even deducted from our salaries are still in government cofers.
“It is very sad. It is not going to be good of us to go out there and celebrate the way we use to do. May Day is not a political rally.
“The national assembly has failed in their responsibility as regarding critical issues that affect the nation but instead were busy with trivial issues like fake certificate, uniform among others. Our economic is sick and priority must be right because if we miss it now we may never get it right again.
“No company will spend less than a half a million in a month due to poor power supply. Any company that cannot cope will be forced to close shop and that has negatively affected our economy as a country.
“Illegal appointment and illegal extension of permanent secretaries who are supposed to have retired from active service to pave way for other Nigerian to be actively engaged is another big threat to our national growth and development all which must be addressed now in the interest of democracy and Nigerian masses.”