The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Donald Duke, has called on the federal government to find a long-term solution to the lingering minimum wage crisis in Nigeria.
In a statement on Saturday, Duke, a former governor of Cross River state, also called for a periodic review of salaries every ten years, considering variables such as inflation.
The SDP Presidential candidate said the government’s “fire brigade” response to the minimum wage issue was tantamount to giving a short-term solution to “a long-term problem”
Duke said the approach is inherently faulty and unsustainable and called for a holistic and systemic approach to addressing the issue.
His words: “I wish to advocate a shared ownership of the process and solutions to the issue through an effective dialogue between Labour and government taking into consideration all the variables including revenue accruing to government,” he said.
“The federal government must involve all the stakeholders, including the organised private sector and state governments in the negotiation process.
“They have an equally important stake being that they also employ reasonable number of workers.”
concise News reports that the organised labour is seeking N30,000 as minimum wage, a demand the government had earlier said was not affordable.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari recently said he will study the proposal of the tripartite committee on the matter.