Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, the gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the previous general elections in Ogun State, has called on the federal government led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to grant the nationwide minimum wage of N200,000 for workers.
Oguntoyinbo emphasized the importance of this action due to the current economic circumstances, which have resulted in increased prices of goods and services across the country.
It is worth noting that the labor unions had previously proposed a minimum wage of N200,000 to the President. However, Oguntoyinbo specifically appealed to Tinubu to consider and fulfill this request. He expressed concern over the hardships low-income earners face and the alarming statistic of 120 million impoverished citizens.
Oguntoyinbo highlighted that approving the N200,000 minimum wage request would be the most effective way to alleviate the suffering of workers.
He further stated that his appeal is grounded in the present economic reality of the nation, urging Tinubu and the governors to attentively consider and approve the workers’ request.
“There is a need for President Tinubu and governors to do some calculations and soul searching on the minimum wage to reflect the current realities in the country by strengthening the take-home home of workers at the end of every month to meet the current market prices of foodstuffs and other essential utilities.
“All elected leaders should seize the opportunity of being elected among millions of citizens in the country to make a difference in the lives of people by creating an enabling environment for Nigerians irrespective of their income to meet their comfortability.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to our President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and 36 state governors to make the welfare of workers and ordinary citizens a priority by adhering to the 200 thousand naira minimum wage rather than increasing their own pay.”