By Chris Nomjov
Governors who can’t pay the #18,000 minimum wage have been asked to apdicate their seats. Former NLC Vice President, Issa Aremu made this declaration while speaking at the 18th Joint Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), said that such governors have no reason to lead the people, or remain in office.
Presenting a paper titled, “Government Patronage of Made-In-Nigeria Products, A Panacea For Industrial Growth and Development”, Aremu noted that one of the ways Nigerians would judge the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari and all the 36 state governors, would be their ability to resuscitate the collapsed industries in the country and create more jobs.
The issue of N18,000 minimum wage has been in the news lately, with Governors suggesting a cut in the present minimum wage, owing to present economic realities. However, Labour in various quarters, has spoken against, such policy contemplation.
Aremu expressed worry that the nation might be in for more trouble if the alarming rate of unemployment is not properly addressed.
The former NLC Vice President also identified lack of road infrastructure as one of the factors that led to the collapse of the industries.
He appealed to the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, to do his best possible, to reinvent the nation’s roads.