In Nigeria today, minimum wage is currently the most trending issue with the government finding it hard to pay the citizen N30,000 as minimum wage which is less than $90 per month
The issue which has generated a lot of rancor in the country, is believed that the amount being requested by the labour union is not too much to pay by the government whose official earns is more than $30,000 monthly.
But on the part of the government, the state government has lamented, complaining that they cannot afford to pay N30,000 ($85) monthly.
while this is being debated, South Africa has increased its minimum wage to N126,480 per month. The news is coming at a time Nigerian workers are uncertain their struggle for a N30, 000 minimum wage would yield result.
President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa said the wage, which would come into effect January 1, 2019, would benefit about six million workers that currently earn R3,700 (N97,495).
One South African Rand exchanges for N26.35. This means South African workers would be earning N527 per hour: N4,216 per day and N126,480 per month. Their Nigerian counterparts currently earn N75 per hour, which is N600 per day (at eight working hours per day) and N18,000 per month.
Paid N30,000 as minimum wage, Nigerian workers would be earning N125 per hour or N1,000 per day, which amounts to N30,000 monthly.
In comparison, a Nigerian worker would be earning less than a quarter of what the South African takes home monthly.