OSINBAJO ON MINIMUM WAGE
Written by Editor on December 19, 2017
Talk of increase in the National minimum wage may benefit the most unlikely people as Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has come out to say that the President’s and the Vice-President’s pay is low even as he criticized the private sector for not respecting the national minimum wage law, which puts the lowest pay at N18,000.
Speaking yesterday at the end-of-year seminar of the State House Press Corps at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Professor Osinbajo said he earns about one point Five million Naira as Vice-President while President Buhari earns about One point seven five million naira adding that to him, the pay is not commensurate with the offices they occupy.
The vice president also expressed misgivings about the remuneration of journalists and lawyers, saying journalists’ case is unique because many media owners make big revenue but simply refuse to pay good wages.
He recalled his brief encounters working with media houses as legal adviser and how in all the months he worked he was not paid despite the irregular hours he put in.
Osinbajo spoke of entry into journalism as not rigorously regulated or enforced by professional bodies because untrained persons are allowed in.
The Vice-President urged journalists to brighten their prospects and future by always seeking ways of improving themselves and getting better job opportunities with attendant improved income.