June 13, 2024

Senator Adams Oshiomhole, representing Edo North senatorial district, criticized the N30,000 monthly minimum wage, referring to it as a “criminal wage.” In an interview with Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, the former governor of Edo state compared the minimum wage to the exchange rate and stated that its value has significantly decreased over the years.

Oshiomhole shared that he pays his cleaner N60,000 per month because he believes it is the least he should pay for the service. He emphasized that the minimum wage does not provide a comfortable living standard, but it is the irreducible minimum needed for survival.

The senator highlighted that responsible private-sector employees often perform better than those in the Federal or state government. He expressed concern for his cleaner, who is a primary school graduate with four children, and stated that he cannot question her circumstances. Oshiomhole explained that he feels a moral responsibility to pay his employees, such as the cleaner and driver, a fair wage that allows them to meet their basic needs.

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