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Workers not paid living wages whereas Nat’l Assembly members receive luxury wages- Senator Ndume

Workers not paid living wages whereas Nat’l Assembly members receive luxury wages- Senator Ndume

The Senator representing Borno South in the National Assembly, Ali Ndume, has condemned the current structure of the Nigerian society that gives more to only privileged few.

Ndume, a one time Senate Leader in the 8th Assembly, frowned at the practice where majority of Nigerians wallow in abject poverty while few individuals live in luxury.

He said that the country’s budget is structured to give 30 percent of the appropriated fund to the vast majority of the populace while get 70 percent would be spent on a few minority.

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He, therefore, called for referendum to adopt a changed system as the current structure “is not fair in terms of moral, religious or socially”.

“In the current system, workers are not being paid living wages, whereas a privileged few are earning luxury wages. The National Assembly members, including me for instance, are paid luxury wages.

“How can we live comfortably when only a few of us are living a life of luxury when the majority is living in abject poverty? The N30, 000 minimum wage is too small; it can make workers engage in corruption in order to survive.

“We have a budget of over N10 trillion and only 30 per cent is going to the majority whereas 70 per cent would be spent on a few minority. The system we presently practice is not fair in terms of moral, religious or socially,” Ndume was quoted by Thisday as saying.

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