Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, says President Muhammadu Buhari should fulfill his promise and approve the new N30,000 minimum wage.
In a statement by his campaign organisation, Abubakar said the president should work towards paying workers “a living wage” as opposed to the “starvation wages” now paid to them.
The minimum wage tripartite committee had submitted its report to Buhari on Tuesday, with the recommendation of N30 000 minimum wage as being demanded by organised labour.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had subsequently said the president will make his views known after considering the recommendation.
Reacting via a statement on Wednesday, the Atiku presidential campaign organisation said: “A government is only as reliable as its word and if its word is not reliable, then nothing else about the government will be stable.
“At the risk of repeating ourselves, we urge the Buhari administration to note that Nigerian workers are the goose that lays the golden egg that top members of this government are enjoying to the detriment of those laying the egg.
“Whereas, the long suffering Nigerian workers, who are the main sufferers of the hardship caused by the incompetence of this administration, do not have any hardship allowance and are expected to live on the unliveable minimum wage.
“We can only change this by paying our workers a living wage as opposed to the starvation wages now paid to them.”