A former head of state and chairman, National Peace Committee, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, yesterday, said that the current N30,000 minimum wage is not acceptable anywhere in the world.
Insisting that the amount is grossly insufficient for any meaningful human development, Abubakar urged the Federal Government to urgently “increase the wages for the betterment of our growth.”
Abdulsalami spoke during the maiden Peace, Unity and Reconciliation Summit, organised by Taraba Independent Peace Committee in Jalingo, Taraba State.
Represented by the Head of Secretariat, Kukah Centre and National Peace Committee, Abubakar also challenged Nigerians to harness the resources within their areas to improve their standard of living.
He said: “I want to plead with the Nigerian President that the N30,000 national minimum wage cannot take Nigerians anywhere.
“It is not acceptable anywhere in the world, and it cannot develop anybody; there is an urgent need to increase wages for the betterment of our growth.”
He also charged the people of Taraba State to embrace peace, saying: “You cannot harness any development if you are not in peace and unity.”
“You are fortunate to have the natural resources; peace and unity are the only bedrock of development,” he added.
It is not acceptable anywhere in the world, and it cannot develop anybody; there is an urgent need to increase wages for the betterment of our growth.