The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi has given in own opinion on the ongoing debate on the national minimum wage. He proposed the need for State Governments to pay workers based on their economic realities.
The former Anambra State Governor made the statement on a programme Politics Today on Channels TV. “Minimum wage doesn’t have to be universal”, he said.
“I don’t believe that somebody in Lagos should earn the same thing as somebody who is in, maybe, Anambra State or somebody in Maiduguri.”
Obi insisted that it is important that the country has a federal minimum wage as agreed upon with the labour union. “We will sit down with labour to find a constructive and acceptable decision”, if elected into office in the presidential elections as running mate with Atiku.
Mr Obi who is a firm believer in the idea said states should decide whether the federal minimum is okay for them or come up with theirs. “There has to be a federal minimum, then each state, working within this minimum, can decide where they should go. That is what is obtainable all over the world”.
If his party is elected into government he emphasized it would work with the labour to find an acceptable minimum wage.
“I can tell you this – you know what we are saying here – I am sure we will be able to come out with what is acceptable because I know we will sit down and discuss this constructively with the labour.”
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