Minimum wage: Investigate Tinubu presidency – PDP tells NASS

Minimum wage: Investigate Tinubu presidency – PDP tells NASS
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Minimum wage: Investigate Tinubu presidency – PDP tells NASS

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the
National Assembly to probe President Bola Tinubu’s presidency over the leaked
one billion memo.

 

A leaked memo had disclosed that Tinubu approved N500
million as first installment of a N1billion for the inauguration of a 37-man
Tripartite Committee on New National Minimum Wage.

 

The memo allegedly emerged from the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume.

 

However, PDP described the alleged 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 it’s position that the Tinubu-led government is a cesspit of
corruption where officials engage in brazen and reckless treasury-looting.”

 

The opposition party made the demand in a statement signed
by its spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, on Friday.

 

The statement reads: “It is highly provocative and
unpardonable that at the time the nation is suffering acute food shortage; when
millions of Nigerians are starving due largely to inadequate investment in food
production, insecurity and harsh economic policies of the government; a time
when workers are still being owed their January 2024 salary and other
legitimate entitlements, President Tinubu is allegedly spending NI billion to
inaugurate a committee.

 

“It is even more revealing that the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, allegedly requested for an audacious sum of N1.8
billion for the event which was later scaled down to N1 billion, out of which
President Tinubu reportedly directed the SGF to “start with N500 million
first”.

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“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 administration.

 

“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.

 

“Our Party demands that the National Assembly, pursuant to
its powers under Section 88 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) immediately commence investigation into this matter
which is already agitating the minds of Nigerians across the country.”

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