Low Minimum Wage Has Nothing To Do With Being Corrupt - Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture in Nigeria, Mr Lai Mohammed, has dismissed insinuations that civil servants' low minimum wage of 18,000 Naira had contributed to the rise of corruption in Nigeria.
Mr Mohammed is speaking at a time that labour unions are requesting for 30,000 Naira as National Minimum Wage, with some persons insisting that an increment would further show that the President was ready to fight corruption.
He was on national television, addressing an issue on the fight against corruption and whether the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is winning the war.
The Minister gave a usual list of the policies that had been put in place to plug leakages including the Treasury Single Account, but insisted that some lowly paid Nigerians had demonstrated that the issue of corruption was a thing of the mind.
It has nothing to do with how much a civil servant earns.
"The argument that the minimum wage or what is being earned by a worker has any correlation to whether a worker is going to be corrupt or not. It is too simplistic.
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He went ahead to share stories of how, few months ago, "two workers at the Lagos airport returned a bag of valuables left behind by an American returnee.
"If we were to judge by how much these people earn, they will not return that bag of valuable," he emphasised.
He then reassured workers that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to improve the welfare of workers.
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