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Consider US multiple minimum wage system: Omokri tells Nigerian government

Reno Omokri, a socio-political analyst and writer, has called on the Nigerian government to adopt the US multiple minimum wage system.

Omokri revealed this on Saturday through his official account

The Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, on Friday insisted that state governors cannot pay 60,000 as minimum salary.

The development comes as the federal government commits unions to pay a minimum wage of over N60,000.

A report by the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage on Friday revealed that the federal government is offering N62,000 as a minimum, while the unions reduced their proposal from N494,000 to N250,000.

Still, the organized private sector, OPS, had earlier agreed on a minimum wage of N60,000.

Speaking on the various minimum wage proposals, Omokri said instead of having a unified minimum wage, the government should adopt a multiple wage system.

According to him, financial resources vary between the federal government and the states.

“Since the governors have said they cannot afford N60,000 as minimum wage, then instead of a unified minimum wage, why can’t we do like the Americans and have multiple minimum wages?

“One federal minimum wage and 36 minimum wages, with each state having its own. That will be one small step for workers and one giant step for true federalism. Because really, why should poor states be forced to pay the same minimum wage as richer states like Lagos, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom?

“It is like saying that we should all pay our drivers the same as Dangote pays his drivers. Not all fingers are equal and not all states are at the same level,” he said.

In April 2019, Nigeria’s minimum wage was raised to 30,000 naira. After the expiration of five years as provided by law, Nigeria must receive a new minimum wage.

Recall that unions paralyzed the economy on Monday because the government failed to reach an agreement on a new minimum wage.

The unions suspended the strike for a week after obtaining a commitment from the Nigerian government to continue negotiations.

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