Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), has pledged to pay workers 100,000 as minimum wage if elected in the upcoming general elections.
He made this promise at a town hall meeting tagged: ‘The Candidates’ organised by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with NTA and DARIA media.
The AAC presidential candidate said 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.
Sowore also said that he would ensure leakages were effectively blocked and would enthrone proper management of resources in the country.
He said that his administration would ensure efficient collection of taxes, and that there would be no sacred cows.
According to Sowore, most companies in Nigeria collect tax from workers but do not remit to the government, while others are under remitting.
Speaking also on power supply in the country, Sowore said he would bring in solar panels that would generate up to 4500 megawatts of electricity across the country in less than a year.
He also added that there were investors looking for where to build power stations, saying that all that was lacking in Nigeria was good leadership.
Sowore said rather than selling national power installations, license would be given to investors to come in and generate power.
Rabiu Rufai, running mate of Sowore, said their administration would pay a living wage and not just a minimum wage to the Nigerian workers.
He said that an average Nigerian worker spent at least N1,000 daily on transportation.
He added that the proposed N27,000 by the Federal Government was not enough as workers needed to feed themselves and family, pay schools fees, rents and make some savings as well.