Umahi blasts Ngige over minimum wage, says N30,000 not enough

Posted by News Express | 12 November 2018 | 1,857 times

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•Governor Umahi

Chairman South East Governors forum and Governor Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has condemned in totality the statement made by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, over the minimum wage, saying N30,000 is not enough for a family of four.

Governor Umahi, who asked the Minister how much he recharges his phone, advocated for a review of the sharing formula with transparency, accountability. He added that it will help to put all the resources together for the benefit of the workers and other arms of government.

“It is my desire as the leader of this state to improve on the welfare of workers, but something must be done at the centre. Every right thinking man will support the workers.

 “I have even said that N30,000 is not enough and somebody at the national said N30,000 is enough for a family of four. I ask the person how much do you recharge your phone? To enable states to take care of workers at all level, we advocate the review of the sharing formula and get NNPC to be transparent and accountable. This will help quite a lot because we believe that if we are to put all the resources in a very transparent manner, together, we will be able to take care of workers including all the arms of government.”

Umahi further recommended for the federal government through the federal account to do the deduction both for the judiciary and House of Assemblies of the states and national.

“What is happening in this country is like taking a water and pour inside a basket, and praying to God for it to stay, it will not. The balance of injustice is for the leaders of this state to stay together and say anything we get, we give workers, judiciary, the House of Assembly, Education, Health, Infrastructure etc… that is the only way we can attain the level of honesty and seriousness.

Sourced from Tribune report


Source: News Express

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