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It’ll be difficult for Tinubu government to pay N100,000 minimum wage — Presidency

Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser on Information &
Strategy to President Bola Tinubu has claimed that it would be difficult for
the Nigerian government to peg the new proposed minimum wage at N100,000.

 

Onanuga made this known on Monday in an interview with Arise
Television.

 

According to him, the country’s current financial strength
indicated that both the federal and the state governments would be unable to
pay their employees’ salaries if N100,000 or more was eventually approved as
the new minimum wage in the country.

 

Onanuga buttressed his assertion with the fact that most
state governors were even currently struggling to pay the present minimum wage.

 

He said, “Let me tell you, the last time it was done under
President Buhari when the wage was increased to N30,000 per month, till today,
26 state governments could not pay it, out of 36, only 10 are paying.

 

“The rest have not paid the whole rate or maybe they’ve just
improved a bit. But mostly, according to the people who have monitored it, 26
state governments are unable to comply.

 

“Whatever the government wants to do now, even if we
increase wages to 100,000 naira, will the Federal Government be able to pay?”

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