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“I cannot afford to pay my four drivers N100,000 salary each,” complains SGF Akume

“I cannot afford to pay my four drivers N100,000 salary each,” complains SGF Akume

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume, has lamented his inability to pay his four drivers a monthly salary of N100,000 each.

The revelation came during his address to a Christian group on Thursday as he sought their support amid the Tripartite Committee’s ongoing negotiations on the national minimum wage with Organized Labor.

In his speech, Akume stated: “I cannot afford to pay my drivers N100,000 each because there are four of them, along with other dependents. Labor initially demanded N600,000, which amounts to about N9.9 trillion for the Federal Government. Where do we get that money from? Then, labor reduced it to N400,000, which still amounts to over N5 trillion. We ask for your understanding because we simply cannot meet these requirements.

He further explained: “We are exploring alternative solutions, such as housing plans. The Federal Housing Authorities are actively accumulating land in various states to create housing facilities for a significant portion of the Nigerian population.”

LEADERSHIP is a reminder that organized labor and the federal government have been in lengthy negotiations. On Monday, Labor declared an indefinite strike after their demands were not met. The strike, which disrupted several sectors of the economy including airports and electricity, was called off on Tuesday as both sides resumed negotiations.

The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of Economy, Wale Edun, was expected to submit the minimum wage template to President Bola Tinubu on Thursday.