The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised the
federal government over the N1 billion requested for the tripartite committee
set up to determine a new minimum wage.
In a leaked memo, George Akume, secretary to the government
of the federation (SGF), wrote to President Bola Tinubu requesting the sum of
N1 billion for the committee’s activities.
Akume informed the president that a new minimum wage would
be ready by April.
Although a presidency source said the sum approved by the
president was N500 million, Segun Imohiosen, head of information, office of the
SGF, failed to respond to calls and messages on the matter.
Reacting to the leaked memo, Debo Ologunagba, spokesperson
of the PDP, said it is unpardonable for N1bn to be requested for the national
minimum wage committee when citizens are suffering hardship.
“The PDP describes the said approval of the huge amount for
a routine government activity like committee inauguration as the height of
profligacy, imprudence and financial recklessness which further validates PDP’s
position that the Tinubu-led government is a cesspit of corruption where
officials engage in brazen and reckless treasury-looting,” Ologunagba said in a
statement on Friday.
“This further shows that the APC administration is
insensitive and has no regard for the plight of Nigerians, whom President Tinubu,
during his 2024 budget presentation at the National Assembly described as
‘ordinary people out there’.
“Nigerians can now
also see how our national treasury and funds meant for their wellbeing are
being looted with reckless abandon by officials of the Tinubu-led APC
“This is apparently a tip of the iceberg of how looters in
the APC administration are cashing out with public funds under the cover of the
Presidency as witnessed in the reported plundering of over N44 billion in the
Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
“The PDP calls out the Tinubu Presidency to speak out, come
clean and address the nation on this very weighty allegation especially at this
time when Nigerians are undergoing excruciating economic hardship.”
Vice-President Kashim Shettima inaugurated the 37-member
committee in January.