By David Ejiohuo, PH Airport
A one-time Minister of Petroleum in the country, King Edmond Dakoru, has described the proposed
N30,000 minimum wage for the Nigerian workers as inappropriate and inadequate.
King Dakoru, who is the Mingi of Nembe, bared his mind on the raging topic during the weekend when he spoke with the journalists at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
Answering questions, the Nembe Monarch said the proposed
N30,000 for the least paid workers in the country was meagre and insufficient for Nigeria of today.
According to the king, considering the cost of living in the country today, the proposed
N30,000 was not anything within the range to meet the workers needs. “If you look at the cost of living right now, I do not think that anything within that range, can stand near too much or enough”.
Stressing further, the Nembe Monarch explained that the
N30,000 was not too much if one should consider the logistics to go to work and come .
He added; “I still think and meditate on how the Nigeria workers manage to go to work and come back, because the roads are so bad and the prizes of everything, especially food stuff, are so high”.
To him, definitely, “It cannot be too much and surely not enough. It is a matter of priorities, a priority collectively andcorporately agreed upon by the workers and the employers”.
On the Supreme Court judgment on more revenue allocations to the oil bearing states from the Niger Delta, the one-time Minister of Petroleum said it was a welcome development.
The monarch said he was very happy for the new development because it is good for people to know their right and have the wisdom not to go violence.
“I am happy that persistence had paid off, it had been a long outstanding matter”.
He explained that if the Niger Delta people get more revenue from the oil in their land, that it will go a long way to bring about peace and the pace of development in spite of wastages.
He condemned what he described as avoidable wastages by some governors in region, especially when it is in large magnitude.
“Never the less, it is good to get more revenue and I pray that God will give our leaders the wisdom to apply our wealth to the benefit of the people”.