The General Secretary of Pulp Paper and Paper Products printing and Publishing Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PPAPPPAPSSAN), Comrade Benedict Ikegbulam has said the Federal Government can afford to increase the National Minimum Wage.
Speaking with DailyTimes, Ikegbulam, said there is need for a raise of the current minimum wage from N18, 000 and government can afford the new N56, 000 proposed minimum wage.
“The economic situation is very clear to all of us. Which Nigerian can live by N18,000? and nobody will tell us there is no money in this country.”
He said “When the National Assembly is buying one car for N36million, do you know how many people that N36million for one vehicle will pay their salary?
“No one can live with that kind of minimum wage for 30 working days, except we don’t want to be sincere with ourselves. There is need for a change of the minimum wage.”
He further stressed that, the government can afford the proposed minimum wage because they enjoy jumbo salaries. “Even when workers are lamenting for it to be cut down, rather than doing that they are creating more avenues for making money.”
“If you are poor there are indices to show that you are poor but those indices are not there on the part of the government.
“There is no way anybody can convince us that there is no money. Corruption is the major problem in Nigeria and we must all join hands to fight corruption. But in their actions and deeds have they shown that there is no Money? he queried.