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Sowore promises workers N100,000 minimum wage if elected president


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Workers will be paid a minimum wage of N100,000 and youth corps members a monthly allowance of N50,000 if he is elected President, Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters and presidential aspirant, has said.

He made this statement during his campaign visit to Oyo state on Friday, tagged ‘Ibadan Town Hall Meeting with Omoyele Sowore’, which held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.

“I just told you that workers will be paid N100,000 as minimum wage. And I also want to add that those of you who are youth corp members will be paid N50,000 and we should be heading very quickly to N100,000 because youth corp members should be able to earn minimum wage as well,” Sowore said.

“And if you’re a youth corps member and anything happens to you while you’re serving, your family gets paid N10 million as insurance.”

He also shared his plan to invest financially in students of tertiary institutions across the country, pledging that his manifesto would be available both physically and online.

“Can you believe that the Nigerian University Commission does not know how many students are in our higher institution?” he asked rhetorically.

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“They don’t know. But we have figured it out and we want to invest N50,000 each on every student so that when you cannot pay your school fees, you’re not denied your final result.

“My plans are going to be uploaded online. They are going to be made physically available. But I am breathing life to this so that you know it is not a joke that Nigeria can be put to work. I do not want to compare Nigeria with the UK or the US, I want to compare Nigeria with Ghana. Go to Ghana and you will never experience any blackout.”

Sowore told the audience it was time the system was disrupted and the present rulers kicked out. He assured them he has sufficient experience and moral integrity to treat the problems of Nigeria.

“This is not the time for jokes. It is not the time for adulation. It is the time for us to get very serious because we have a battle ahead of us,” he said.

“These guys are not going to leave power on their own volition. We have been fighting them for 30 years and now is the time to disrupt the system and take it down. It is up to them to choose where they want to be spanked in this fight. It is up to them to choose to leave peacefully. The word ‘disruption’ is not to scare anyone but to prepare us that the younger generation are finally ready to give worthy leadership to this country.

“Nigeria is sick and it needs a doctor, whatever ideology you call that is what I am. Nigeria is in need of a future that can be guaranteed to its children; whatever ideology will deliver that, you call me that. All these ideologies we are bandying about, they are ideologies that were developed by other countries when they had problems and they wanted to solve them. By the time we are done with Nigeria, our own Ideology will emerge and will be adopted by everybody around the world. That is my promise.

“I have 30 years of experience taking a stand and you can always count on me. When it was dangerous to do so, when I was 21 years old at the University of Lagos, I stood on the side of the people. At the time student leaders were being offered 505, I rejected it. Why will I compromise 30 years later? When I started Sahara Reporters, as you guys can imagine, I was dealing with some of the richest people in the world, not just in Nigeria. They threw everything at me: dollars, cars but I never compromised. Nothing in this world can compromise me.”

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Asked what platform he intends to run on, Sowore said his team was working on a coalition of political parties that could not yet be named to prevent infiltration by opponents.

“Some of the political parties we are seeing today are very new and that is why we are approaching this movement politics, but here is what I have to tell you: we are not joining the PDP or the APC. We welcome people of conscience across Nigeria, across all political parties and creed,” he said.

“We welcome them to our movement and together we will join parties that are pro-people. We cannot have a merger anymore because we run out of time to assemble political parties that will surrender their identity under a merger but even as I am standing in front of you, we are getting commitments from parties.”

Sowore’s next town hall meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 10, at Denis Hotel, Abuja.

'Kunle works with The ICIR as an investigative reporter and fact-checker. You can shoot him an email via [email protected] or, if you're feeling particularly generous, follow him on Twitter @KunleBajo.

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