The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, said that the payment of N18,000 as the national minimum wage is a poverty wage for Nigerian workers.
The presidential candidate while speaking during an interview with Pulse on Monday, November 19, 2018, pointed out that workers deserve more than they’re getting from the government as minimum wage. He said:
“N18,000 is a poverty wage. You can’t be paying people less than $2 a day and you call yourself a government.”
During the interview with Pulse, Moghalu said the governors can afford to pay workers if they cut down on the excessive cost of running the government for their own comfort.
“They have all the money for security votes. Many of the governors have about 500 special assistants and another several hundred special assistants. Isn’t that money maintaining them? Is that useful expenditure? That’s just money being used to maintain political cronies when people who are poor, civil servants, are not getting a minimum wage.”