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Minimum Wage: Paying N100,000 To My 4 Drivers Is Impossible – SGF Akume

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, has lamented that the wage increase demands being made by organized labour are not realistic.

This revelation came during his address to a Christian group on Thursday, June 6, as he sought their support amid ongoing negotiations by the Tripartite Committee on the national minimum wage with the Organised Labour.


In his address, Akume stated, “I can’t afford to pay my drivers N100,000 each because they are four of them, along with other dependants.

Labour initially demanded N600,000, which equates to approximately N9.9 trillion for the federal government. Where do we get that money from? Then labour reduced it to N400,000, which still amounts to over N5 trillion. We are asking for understanding because we simply cannot meet these demands.

Recall that the organised labour and the Federal Government have been in prolonged negotiations. On Monday, labour declared an indefinite strike after their demands were not met. The strike, which disrupted various sectors of the economy, including airports and electricity, was called off on Tuesday as both parties resumed negotiations.

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