The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Onofiok Luke, says no responsible government at any level should see the proposed N30,000 minimum wage by the organised labour as a burden, or too high to pay civil servants.
Luke, who said this while fielding questions from journalists in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital, added that the implementation of the new minimum wage would not in any way affect the privileges and pays attached to government officials.
The Speaker maintained that having been fully aware of what government spends money on, it was not a big task for the government to pay workers N30,000 as a minimum wage.
His words: “With the resources that we have in this country, N30, 000 is not something too much for any government to pay. That is my position as a son of a worker and as a son of a retired teacher.
“Also as a man who has been on top of government administration by reason of my capacity and exposure to national bodies in my days as the pioneer Speaker of Nigerian Youth Parliament and having been close to the then President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (late) and the workings of government, and having known what government spends money doing, I think government has the capacity to pay N30, 000 minimum wage.”
“Yes, we leaders are enjoying the pays and privileges but we should not take Nigerians for granted. If leadership is to be sincere at all levels with the led there are certain things that we should not be doing.
“It is not about party or politics but about the value that we attach to the people that God has given us the opportunity to lead and not to be speaking from both sides of our mouth.
“It is saddening when we allow politics to determine everything and with due respect the way the federal government is playing politics because of 2019 election is not speaking well of leadership.
“You don’t do everything for the purpose of winning election rather for the purpose of development and good governance.”