By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA – NATIONAL Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, has called for a review of federal allocation to enable states implement the new minimum wage.
Some state governors have complained that they could only pay the new wage if more money was made available to them and have, therefore, been agitating for a review of fund allocation in favour of states.
Fielding questions from newsmen in Awka during the delegates conference of the Radio Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union, RATTAWU, in Anambra State, Umeh said there was no justification for the Federal Government to continue to have the lion share of the funds when it had less expenditure to make.
According to him, it is the huge resources at the disposal of the Federal Government that encourage corruption in high places.
His said: “The Federal Government should reduce the expenditure at the centre and pass more money to the states to enable them implement the N18,000 minimum wage.
“If workers agitate for wage increase and the states agree to implement without the commensurate increase in their income, the agitation is meaningful.”