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Minimum Wage: Senator Proposes ₦150,000, Says Lawmakers Ready For Pay Cut

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Senator Ahmed Wadada of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District in Nasarawa State, has advocated for a substantial increase in the minimum wage to ₦150,000.

Speaking to reporters in Keffi, Nasarawa State, Senator Wadada emphasized the urgency of adjusting workers’ salaries amidst the country’s economic challenges.

“I have expressed my opinion in the past on the issue, and I am going to reiterate it here. For me as a person, the minimum a worker should earn is ₦150,000, looking at the realities of today,” Wadada declared.

Senator Wadada also conveyed his readiness, alongside his colleagues, to reduce their own remuneration and allowances to facilitate the proposed increase in minimum wage.

“We are willing to make sacrifices in terms of reducing our remuneration and allowances just to ensure Nigerian workers earn decent monthly salaries,” he affirmed.

Expressing confidence in the leadership of President Bola Tinubu, Wadada described the current administration as responsive and committed to improving the lives of Nigerians.

“At worst, [the minimum wage] should be higher than what the government is currently offering. Much has got to be done by the government,” he asserted.

Highlighting the importance of effective governance communication, Senator Wadada commended President Tinubu’s administration for its clarity and transparency in policy implementation.

He particularly praised ongoing infrastructural projects like the coastal highway from Lagos to Calabar, which he believes will significantly boost Nigeria’s economic growth.

Calling on President Tinubu to approve the ₦150,000 minimum wage proposal, Wadada said, “Leaders’ spiritual life cannot be complete if we do not have the fear of God in all our dealingsr.”

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