Ex-Minister expresses fears over ability of states to pay new minimum wage

Abuja – A former Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh, has communicated fears that the new N30, 000 minimum wage, signed into into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 18 would prompt bedlam.

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Momoh, who is also a chieftain of the APC party made this statement while addressing newsmen on Friday in Abuja as part of activities to mark his 80th birthday.

According to him, while he is glad over the new compensation, he holds the view that it will prompt a circumstance where many states will not be able to pay and this will prompt industrial unrest and strikes.

“Minimum wage permitted by law is definitely not a living compensation. My prediction is that the N30, 000 minimum wage permitted by law will cause confusion in light of the fact that many state governments that were paying N7, 500 before N18, 000 was presented couldn’t pay then.

“A lot of them are at present thinking that it’s hard to pay N18, 000 at this point. They are already saying they can’t pay and this will prompt strikes. At the point when that occurs, the country is in trouble.

“The N30, 000 minimum wage is not a living wage. What is the percentage of the workers in Nigeria that are entitled to the N30, 000 minimum wage? What is the percentage of the public servants compared to the percentage of the entire working population in Nigeria?”

Momoh, who is also a lawyer, likewise talked on the proclamation the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen

He said that the argument of some lawyers that Onnoghen shouldn’t have been taken to CCT was not valid, contending that such lawyers didn’t know what they were talking about

” I don’t believe that it is a case of a witch-hunt . I advised him (Onnoghen) to leave when the case began. That would have spared him from the humiliation,”

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