The Minister of Information and Communication, Professor Dora Akunyili says poor wages is not an excuse for any worker to loot the nation’s treasury.
The minister made the observation at a ministerial press news conference in Abuja.
Professor Akunyili says if Nigerian workers continue to complain about their poor salary, the nation will not make progress.
She advised the wages commission to ensure that Nigerian workers earn a living wage in order to realize the nation’s vision of being among the top twenty economies by the year 2020.
The chairman of the national salaries, incomes and wages commission, Chief Richard Egbule said that a new national minimum wage of N 8,000, if passed into law will improve the living conditions of the Nigerian worker.
While the commission said that it plays a central role in wage administration in the public service, Chief Richard Egbule pledged that the commission will work to ensure the realization the country’s economic goals.
In a related development, the National Economic Council [NEC] meeting has set up a committee to address the technicalities in the new minimum wage bill.
Addressing state house correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said that the committee is headed by Vice President, Namadi Sambo, while some state governors are members of the committee.
Comrade Oshiomhole said that the committee is expected to complete the task in two weeks.
Some of the state governors that are members of the committee include Lagos, Enugu, Benue and Jigawa states.
The meeting also ratified the appointment of Mr. Hafiz Ringim as the substantive Inspector General of Police.