Former Military Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar has publicly voiced his dissatisfaction with the current N30,000 minimum wage, deeming it inadequate within the present Nigerian context.
In a notable plea directed at President Bola Tinubu, Abdulsalami urged for reconsideration and subsequent increase in the minimum wage, firmly stating that the existing amount cannot catalyze substantial human development, particularly within the nation’s current socioeconomic reality.
These sentiments were expressed during his address at the maiden Peace, Unity, and Reconciliation Summit, a significant event orchestrated by the Taraba Independent Peace Committee, held in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State, this Wednesday.
Represented by Rev Fr Atah Bakindo, the head of secretariat of Kukah Centre and National Peace Committee, he urged Nigerians to utilise the resources within their areas to improve their standard of living.
“I want to plead with the Nigerian president that the N30,000 national minimum wage cannot take Nigerians anywhere. It is not acceptable anywhere in the world, and it cannot develop anybody; there is an urgent need to increase wages for the betterment of our growth.
“I want to urge the people of Taraba State to reconcile whatever kind of difference that created clashes and disunity. You cannot harness any development if you are not in peace and unity. You are fortunate to have the natural resources; peace and unity are the only bedrock of development,” he said.