ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said on Wednesday that governors are not sincere with N22,500 being proposed as the new minimum wage for workers.

ASUU President Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with reporters in Abuja, described the N22,500 being proposed by the governors as ‘laughable.’

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Ogunyemi called on the political class to look inward and compare their own income with that of the Nigerian workers.

He said; “What has been the devaluation of Naira since then; what has also been the rate of inflation since then, what is the general assessment of the situation and the plight of the workers?

“It is laughable because the governors are not sincere and they are not sincere in the sense that they are claiming workers only represent five percent of the population.

“But is there any worker in Nigeria who does not have at least two dependents or as many as five and even ten dependents.

“So, if the government increases the income of workers it will translate to improved quality of lives for the Nigerian workers.

“So, if they are saying because Nigerian workers represents five per cent and do not deserved a living wage then they are the most insincere persons on earth.”

Ogunyemi said that the organised labour did not just come up with that figure; they took the average from Africa and West Africa.

“They also came to the conclusion that in West Africa, Nigeria is the least paid and if you translate it into dollar, even the N30, 000 is not up to one hundred dollar,’’ he added.