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Oshiomhole Criticizes FG’s N30k Minimum Wage, Cites Cleaner’s N60k Salary

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Oshiomhole Criticizes FG's N30k Minimum Wage, Cites Cleaner's N60k Salary

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During an interview on Channels TV’s “Sunday Politics,” Senator Adams Oshiomhole criticized the federal government’s N30,000 minimum wage for civil servants, referring to it as a “criminal wage.”

He highlighted the devaluation of the currency over the years and questioned the adequacy of the minimum wage in providing a decent standard of living.

To illustrate his point, Oshiomhole shared that he pays his cleaner a salary of N60,000, emphasizing that it is the least he can pay in good conscience.

He acknowledged the challenges faced by his cleaner, including supporting four children, and expressed his belief in providing an “irreducible minimum” for survival.

Oshiomhole also emphasized the importance of fair wages for other employees, such as drivers and security personnel.

“If you exchange N30,000 at N800 or N700 to the dollar, what does that translate to? So, the value of that minimum wage when it was N125 – when it was first introduced under, I think, (Shehu) Shagari’s government – is about two times or three times the value many years later, even in the public service.”

“I can tell you what I have decided to pay my cleaner. My cleaner is just a primary school – I’m not sure she has even a school leaving certificate. But she’s knowledgeable enough to clean the house.

“I found myself unable to pay her less than N60,000 – in fact, N60,000. It’s about my conscience. I’m trying to imagine what she has to pay for a house. She told me she has four children.

“I’m trying to imagine how she has to look after those children and I cannot question why she should have four children.

“If I do that to my cleaner, I have to do a little more to my driver because he requires some training and, sometimes, even retraining, and my security is in his hands.”

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