JUST IN!!! I am a Militant – Niger Delta Governor Declares
Gov. Adams Oshiomhole says for any government to make progress, it must maintain a national minimum wage.
Oshiomhole said this in Abuja on Wednesday during a forum tagged ‘The Podium’, organised by The Kukah Centre in collaboration with the Ford Foundation.
The programme, which seeks an interface between the electorate and policy makers, had the theme: “From Activism to Political Power: The Challenges of Democratic Governance in Nigeria”.
According to Oshiomhole, a labourer is worthy of his wages, meaning if an employer is owing, he is breaching a contract.
“’This is where I’m different. I still insist any government who wants to be taken seriously must have a national minimum wage.
“We must maintain a national minimum wage, look for ways to increase it; that is what I still advocate for.”
Giving an informal account of his stewardship and why he carried out most of his actions, the governor said he stayed true to his activism years by not owing salaries.
He explained that as a former factory worker himself, he understood the importance of wages and that was why he increased workers salaries in Edo by 38 per cent.
“Activism is not synonymous with being progressive. I believe we should all be idealistic and not dismiss the possibility of an ideal society.
“One man’s idealism is another man’s reality. Wages paid to people is not burden.
“In Edo we increased it to 38 per cent and I’m proud to still pay before the last day of every month.”
He explained that