The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has described the current Nigerian minimum wage of N18,000 as a ‘poverty wage.’

Moghalu, therefore, called for better, more sustainable pay for workers.

He said this in a statement by his campaign spokesman, Jide Akintunde, noting that those who earned the current minimum wage, lived on $1.67 per day – a situation he described as tragic.

His comments come amidst the ongoing disagreements between the government and labour leaders over the amount to be fixed as the new minimum wage.

While the Federal Government says it is capable of paying N24,000, state governments say they are only capable of paying N22,500, as against the N30,000 requested by the workers.

Moghalu, however, says if he is elected President in 2019, he has plans to quickly facilitate agreements on minimum wage.