Joseph Atainyang

Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Mr Omoyele Sowore, says he will pay workers the sum of hundred thousand naira (N100,000) as minimum wage, if elected president of Nigeria.

He made the pledge at a town hall meeting tagged: ‘The Candidates’ organised by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with NTA and DARIA media in Abuja.

He said that his administration would address the menace of ghost workers by installing technologies that would daily capture fingerprints of workers and the hours spent at work.

He also said he would ensure that leakages were effectively blocked and would enthrone proper management of resources in the country if elected.

Sowore also mentioned that his administration would ensure efficient collection of taxes, and that there would be no sacred cows.

According to him, most companies in Nigeria collect tax from workers but do not remit to the government, while others are under remitting.

On power supply, Sowore said when elected, he would bring in solar panels that would generate up to 4,500 megawatts of electricity across the country in less than a year.

He noted that there are investors looking for where to build power stations, and that only good leadership as well as favourable economic policies can bring them to Nigeria.

Condemning the attempt at selling the national power installations, Sowore promised to rather licence investors to come in and generate power.

His running mate, Mr Rabiu Rufai, said the AAC would pay a living wage and not just a minimum wage to the Nigerian workers.

Rufai said that an average Nigerian worker spends at least, N1,000 daily on transportation.

He also observed that the proposed N27,000 by the Federal Government was not enough as workers need to feed themselves and their family, pay school fees, rents and save for the future as well.