President General, Maritime Workers Association, Mr. Anthony Emmanuel has called on both the federal and state governments to increase minimum wage from N18, 000 to N150, 000.
Emmanuel made the call recently in an interview with newsmen during workers day celebration at Eagle Square in Abuja.
The union boss, who said that the present minimum wage of N18, 000 was nothing to write home about considering the cost of things in the country, noted that government should do something urgently to salvage the sufferings of workers in the country.
He said that if available resources in the country were properly utilised and the corruption in the system tackled, government could pay N150, 000 as minimum wage without struggling.
According to him, “As far as I am concerned, Nigerian workers are living like beggars, because N18, 000 is nothing to write home about; so we are calling for divine intervention. Let us watch and see what the incoming government could do for workers.”
Emmanuel said that some expatriates in Nigeria came with their house boy/girl with a minimum wage of $1000 a month, which is about N200000, saying that Nigerian workers should not be an exceptional.
He urged politicians to always fulfil their promises, adding that they should try as much as possible to cushion the welfare of workers in the country so as to encourage them to perform better.
Chairman of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, AUPCTRE, Comrade Ismaila Ayuba, who spoke to newsmen at the event, said that Abuja Urban Mass had about 400 buses plying Abuja roads and its environs.
Ayuba urged the government to come to the aid of the company to enable them spread their tentacles to all the nooks and crannies of the territory, saying that with the money charged, the company could not expand to meet the demands of the people.
He called on the incoming government to help subsidise transport fares in the territory to enable the company to succeed and continue in business.
“You know, across the globe, every country subsidises transport for the masses as one of the special services government renders to the public. For instance, for buses to charge N100 from Madalla to Berger is very low; so if the government does not come in, we may not be able to buy diesel and maintain the buses,” he said.

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