Cardinal Onaiyekan seeks pay cut for N/Assembly

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The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has called for reduction in the salaries of National Assembly members and other appointed or elected office holders to boost government capacity to pay the minimum wage.

He made the call on Wednesday in Abuja at the maiden National Catechetical Summit, organized by the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) and themed “Revamping Catechetical Apostolate in Nigeria”.

“I hope you all know that whenever there is increase in minimum wage, it is not the poorest and lowest wage earners who gain. If the government, for instance, agrees on a minimum wage of N30, 000, they will be getting increment of N12, 000 every month. I am told that when that happens, many people on grade levels 12, 13, 14 and 15, will get an increase of (about) N200, 000 every month. Is it true? If it is true, then, there is something wrong.

“We want the people who will want to decide that the kind of salaries and allowances being received by legislators in the National Assembly is not sustainable. The agitation for minimum wage should be worked out in such a way that it really targets those who need it,” Onaiyekan said.

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