The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Tuesday said there was no basis for the Nigeria Governors’ Forum for calling Nigerian workers unpatriotic because they asked for N30,000 minimum wage.
Engineer Makinde stated this in a statement from his campaign organization , signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.
The PDP governorship candidate stressed that it was wrong for the Nigeria Governors to be tagging Nigeria workers as unpatriotic for demanding for N30,000 as minimum wage considering the fact that the Nigerian worker has made more sacrifices to the nation than any governor .
According to Engineer Makinde, it will not be too much for the Nigerian workers to be asking to go home with N1000 per day adding that such a demand ” should not be treated with disdain but with the milk of human kindness”
He pointed out that the reduction from the Federal Allocation from N800billion to about N600billion last year cited as reason by the Nigeria Governors Forum as an excuse for their inability to pay the minimum wage ” is untenable because the people have not seen any remorse in the ostentatious lives of the governors, their allies and their contractors.”
The PDP governorship candidate who has just won another independent poll survey over the weekend as most preferred gubernatorial candidate in Oyo state however emphasized that “if Oyo state government had refocussed its priorities to reflect what the people really need and not what government in its own convenience, considers the best for the masses, our resources would have been prudently spent on the welfare of our people while the borrowed billions should not have been so recklessly disbursed.”