Gubernatorial candidate of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), in Oyo State for the 2019 general elections, Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye, has described as untrue and deceitful a statement credited to state governors that only Lagos out of the 36 states in the country has the financial capacity to pay the newly proposed N30, 000 minimum wage.
Governor Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara State, who also doubles as Chairman of the governor’s forum had last week argued that only Lagos State can afford to pay the proposed minimum wage.
But, Bamigboye while reacting, insisted that all states across the country, including Oyo State had the capacity to implement the newly proposed N30,000 without retrenchment.
Bamigboye in a statement signed by Comrade Ogunjimi Isaac, Head of SPN media committee, urged the leadership of the labour movement to demand side by side immediate enactment of the newly proposed N30,000 minimum wage law with drastic reduction of outrageous emoluments often earned by political office holders.
He said, “All states across the country, including the Oyo State/APC-led government has the capacity to implement the newly proposed N3,000 without retrenchment, if the resources at the disposal of the state government are judiciously utilised under the democratic control and involvement of workers and the people.
“This will mean that the outrageous salaries and allowances, including other frivolous privileges often enjoy by political office holders will have to be drastically reduced while the contract system through which politicians who masquerade as contractors and business men often used to siphon the public fund will also have to be cancelled.”
He added that “SPN if elected will be committed to the implementation of N30,000 newly proposed minimum wage without retrenchment, end the regime of non-payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities as at when due.”