Adams Oshiomhole, the senator representing Edo North senatorial district, has strongly criticized the current N30,000 monthly minimum wage, labeling it as “criminal.” In an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, the former governor of Edo state expressed his concerns about the meager value of the minimum wage in light of the country’s economic realities.
Oshiomhole cited an example from his personal life, highlighting that his cleaner, who possesses only a primary school education, earns a monthly wage of no less than N60,000. He defended this decision by stating that it aligns with his moral principles, as he believes the wage should adequately cover her basic needs, including supporting her four children.
According to Oshiomhole, the minimum wage’s value has significantly eroded over the years due to inflation and the depreciation of the Naira against the US dollar. He argued that the amount falls short of providing a comfortable living standard and merely represents the irreducible minimum required for survival.
In comparing private-sector employees with government workers, Oshiomhole claimed that responsible private-sector employees often perform better. He emphasized the importance of fair wages for employees, acknowledging the additional responsibilities that come with roles such as drivers and security personnel.
In conclusion, Oshiomhole advocated for a more substantial minimum wage that reflects the true cost of living and addresses the economic challenges faced by Nigerian workers.