Lagos – Groups including the Association of Senior Civil
Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have made an
appeal that the minimum wage be increased to N52 000.
The current minimum is wage is N18 000 per month (which
was set into law in 2010) and The Herald reported that Bobboi Kaigama, the TUC
President Comrade, said the current amount is laughable compared to the amount
that oil is sold for.
The groups warned that drastic action could take place
such as the forced shut down of state governments, if governors refused the
increase or retrenched workers.
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Both groups noted that if governments reduced their own
personal spending and salaries, dealt with corruption and harnessed their own
natural resources, there would be more money to pay workers.
The ASCSN also noted that as the cost of living has
increased so much that the current minimum wage can barely last workers a week
let alone a month.
According to the African Heritage Institution in September
2015, in order for Nigeria to be able to afford an increase in the minimum wage
they would have to make changes such as the weeding out of ghost workers, a
reworking of the manufacturing sector, and the continued effort in blocking
leakages from the federally collected revenue.
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