New minimum wage ‘ll lead to chaos – Tony Momoh

A former Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh, has warned that the new minimum wage regime may lead to chaos.

He also warned the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against imposing the leadership of the National Assembly to avoid a backlash.


This is despite the celebration by workers across the country on the signing into law of the new minimum wage by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Momoh who spoke yesterday in Abuja during a chat with Journalists as part of activities to mark his 80th birthday and 50th marriage anniversary, the “so called” minimum wage is not a living wage, hence should not be celebrated.


Momoh, a lawyer, said the conviction of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, was in order and not a witch-hunt.

“My prediction is that the N30, 000 minimum wage will cause chaos because many state governments that were paying N7, 500 before N18, 000 was introduced could not pay then. A lot of them are currently finding it difficult to pay N18, 000. They are already saying they can’t pay and this would lead to strikes. When that happens, the nation is in trouble.

“The N30, 000 minimum wage is not a living wage. What is the percentage of the workers in Nigeria that are entitled to the N30, 000 minimum wage? What is the percentage of public servants compared to the percentage of the entire working population in Nigeria?” Momoh, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said.

The elder statesman also said the idea of party supremacy would not work when it comes to the issue of National Assembly and especially in determining its leadership.

According to the chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), party supremacy would have been possible if the country was running a parliamentary system of government.

He said under the current presidential system of government, the party may not have its way in the area of imposing its candidates on the National Assembly.


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