BY EMMA OVUAKPORIE
ABUJA — Presidential candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria, AC N, Malam Nuhu Ahmed Ribadu, has called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, pay the N18,000 minimum wage to Nigerian workers.
Sympathizing with Nigerian workers, Ribadu noted that anything less than N18,000 was unacceptable, owing to the fact that legislators who do not constitute up to one per cent of the nation’s population, were enjoying 25 per cent of the nation’s budget.
Legislators collect nothing less than N40 million every quarter, an amount that could pay the salary of 3,000 workers per month.
According to him, the naira has been so devalued that even the N18, 000 that is slightly above $100 cannot meet the needs of an individual.
He expressed concern that as huge revenues had continued to accrue from the sale of crude oil, the conditions of workers had continued to deteriorate.
“Workers have increasingly been excluded from the wealth created by their labour,” said the ACN presidential flag bearer.
Ribadu, who expressed concern at the high level of poverty in the country, called for a social security system to be put in place.
He also called on the government to create more jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.