In a keynote address at the Peace, Unity, and Reconciliation Summit in Jalingo, organized by the Taraba Independent Peace Committee, former Head of State and Chairman of the National Peace Committee, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, declared the inadequacy of the N30,000 minimum wage for meaningful human development globally. Represented by Rev. Fr. Atah Bakindo, head of the secretariat of Kukah Centre and National Peace Committee, Abdulsalami urged Nigerians, particularly in Taraba State, to leverage local resources to enhance their living standards.
Abdulsalami emphasized that despite Taraba’s resource wealth, true development hinges on the foundational pillars of peace and unity. He addressed the President of Nigeria, calling for a reconsideration of the N30,000 national minimum wage, asserting its insufficiency on a global scale. “I want to plead with the Nigerian president that the N30,000 national minimum wage cannot take Nigerians anywhere; it is not acceptable anywhere in the world and cannot foster growth. There is an urgent need to increase wages for the betterment of our growth,” he stated.
Furthermore, Abdulsalami called on the people of Taraba State to reject violence and embrace peace to harness the state’s abundant natural resources for development. He stressed the importance of reconciling differences, stating, “You cannot harness any development if you are not in peace and unity. You are fortunate to have natural resources; peace and unity are the only bedrock of development.”
In summary, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar advocated for a higher minimum wage at the national level, highlighting its significance in global human development. Additionally, he urged the residents of Taraba to prioritize peace and unity as fundamental prerequisites for unlocking the full potential of their abundant natural resources.