It has been obvious that the proposed minimum wage have now become a campaign issue ahead of 2019 election.
To the Presidency, the disagreement over President Muhammadu Buhari’s point on what the least paid worker should earn is “fictional”.
The presidency accused yesterday some political actors, including the Atiku Media Office, of trying to score cheap political goals, threatening that “solid verdict awaits them at the polls”.
Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina, was replying to comments by the Atiku Media Office, which was,“President Buhari cannot be trusted to implement the ‘new’ minimum wage of N30, 000’’ recommended by the People tripartite committee”.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku claimed, “Buhari may not have the political will to implement the new wage’’.
Adesina stated that, “Those who have latched onto the concocted controversy to play cheap politics, we appeal to them to remember that elections are not won through loquaciousness, and trying to demean the President at every drop of a hat.
“But then, it is not surprising, as they have nothing else to sell to Nigerians, if they don’t ride on the name of the President. Stiff judgment awaits them at the polls.’’
The presidential aide frowned at the frequent reports alleging that Buhari had break a promise on an earlier acceptance of the N30, 000 recommended as the new National Minimum Wage by the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee.
He illustrated that these reports were opposing to what transpired on Tuesday when the committee presented its report to the President.
Adesina said the President, while accommodating the distresses raised by government on affordability and labor’s focus on significant increase, stated clearly in a speech, which stated that, “In a way, both arguments are valid. I want to assure you all that we will immediately put in place the necessary machinery that will close out these open areas.
“Our plan is to transmit an Executive Bill to the National Assembly for passage within the shortest possible time. I am fully committed to having a new National Minimum Wage Act in the very near future.
“As the Executive Arm commences its review of your submission, we will continue to engage you all in closing any open areas presented in this report. I, therefore, would like to ask for your patience and understanding in the coming weeks,” he said,
Adesina stated that he noticed from the above, and throughout the report-submission ceremony, the President never mentioned any figure. He further said that what he (the president) committed himself to was a new minimum wage, and only after the Report of the committee has been reviewed by the executive and legislative processes of government and an appropriate bill presented to him for assent.