Ekweremadu seeks review of minimum wage to N50,000

By The Citizen

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has advocated an upward review of minimum wage from N18,000 to N50,000.

Delivering the 4th National Public Service Lecture of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, he said, 'when a man who earns N18,000, cannot buy a bag of rice, how then can such a person  take care of his family? Does it make sense to him if you tell him not to find alternative means of catering to the needs of his family?

'Is it not also possible to abolish the Security Vote and replace it with Contingency Vote so that it can be appropriated and accounted for,'  he said.

He also called for the decentralisation of the war against corruption if it must be won.

He urged the 36 states government to set up anti-corruption agencies, so as to complement the efforts of the federal anti-corruption agencies in the fight against corruption.

'Similarly, a Code of Conduct Bureau should be established in the states with a Code of Conduct Tribunal to handle cases of civil servants and local government councils.