Some persons are benefiting from the agitation on minimum wage, according to the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan.
Onaiyekan said this in Abuja at the First National Catechetical Summit organized by the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria.
“The whole issue about [the] minimum wage is very problematic in Nigeria,” the cleric said.
“I hope you all know that whenever there is [an] increase in minimum wage, it is the poorest and lowest wage earners who don’t gain.
“If the government, for instance, agree on a minimum wage of N30,000, I’m told that when that happens, many people on grade levels 12, 13, 14 and 15 could get an increase of N200,000. Is it true? If it is true, then, there is something wrong.
“The agitation for minimum wage should be worked out in such a way that it really targets those who need it.
“Minimum wage should not be used as an excuse to increase the wages of those who are not even within the minimum wage bracket.
“What we understand by minimum wage is that nobody should be given a wage that is below the living wage.”