Atiku to pay his company workers N33,000 minimum wage…

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has decided that workers in companies owned by him be paid N33,000 minimum wage.

The directive was issued to heads of business units of companies owned by the former vice president, according to Muhammad El-Yakub, the Managing Director of Gotel Communications, a radio and television broadcasting company owned by the former vice president and located in Yola, capital of his home Adamawa State.

The fresh policy comes against a recommendation now before President Muhammed Buhari for Nigerian civil servants to be paid N30,000 monthly minimum wage.

The Gotel Communications MD said the implementation of the payment of N33,000 monthly salary would  start after a meeting with union officials.

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“Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Wazirin Adamawa, has ordered the implementation of N33,000 new minimum wage to workers in all of the businesses owned by him. The directive is with immediate effect and will be implemented across all the businesses owned by the former vice president,” Muhammad El-Yakub said.

Apart from Gotel Communications, Atiku owns the American University of Nigeria (AUN) which has primary and secondary arms, Adama Beverages Ltd which produces table water in bottles and sachets and various brands of bottled juice, and Rico Gado, a livestock feed manufacturing company.

The lot, all based in Yola, are additional to Atiku’s companies in other parts of the country, most notably Intels Nigeria Ltd (based in Onne, Rivers State) which provides logistics services for the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

For a rough idea of how many people work for him, Atiku Abubakar had said in a tweet four years ago that he employed about 50,000 people in his companies in Nigeria.

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