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High Cost of Living: Who Will Bail Out Salary Earners In Nigeria?

By Ewere Okonta



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In Nigeria, the soaring cost of living has become an unbearable burden, particularly for the salary earners who find themselves trapped in an economic quagmire.

The escalating prices of essential goods and services have pushed many to the brink of financial despair, with little respite in sight. As the government grapples with economic management, its strategies seem to falter, leaving the populace to endure the harsh realities of inflation and stagnating wages.

The root causes of this economic turmoil are multifaceted, ranging from systemic inefficiencies to global market fluctuations. Corruption, inadequate infrastructure, and overdependence on oil revenue have plagued Nigeria’s economy for decades, hindering sustainable growth and exacerbating the cost of living crisis. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has further strained resources and disrupted supply chains, amplifying the economic hardships faced by ordinary citizens.

At the forefront of this crisis are the civil servants, whose meager wages have failed to keep pace with the rising tide of inflation. With a minimum wage stagnating at thirty thousand Naira for years, their purchasing power has dwindled, rendering even the most basic necessities unattainable. Despite ongoing negotiations between labor unions and the government to review the minimum wage, progress has been sluggish, leaving workers disillusioned and destitute.

The repercussions of this dire situation reverberate throughout Nigerian society, as families struggle to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. The cost of staples such as rice, bread, yam, and beans has skyrocketed, while essential services like healthcare and transportation remain prohibitively expensive. Civil servants find themselves caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, unable to escape the relentless onslaught of inflation.

In the face of such adversity, the government’s economic management team appears to have lost its footing, unable to provide tangible solutions to alleviate the suffering of its citizens. Traditional economic contraceptives have proven ineffective in stemming the tide of inflation, leaving many to question the competence and commitment of those in power. The absence of decisive action only serves to deepen the despair felt by the populace, fueling discontent and disillusionment.

However, all hope is not lost. To address the high cost of living crisis, the government must adopt a multifaceted approach that addresses both short-term relief measures and long-term structural reforms. Immediate steps should include a comprehensive review of the minimum wage to ensure that it reflects the true cost of living, as well as targeted subsidies for essential goods and services to ease the burden on the most vulnerable segments of society.

Furthermore, efforts to combat corruption and improve governance must be redoubled to restore confidence in Nigeria’s economy and attract much-needed investment. Investing in infrastructure development and diversifying the economy away from oil dependence are also critical to fostering sustainable growth and reducing vulnerability to external shocks.

In conclusion, the high cost of living in Nigeria is a pressing issue that demands urgent attention and decisive action from the government. The plight of salary earners, particularly civil servants, underscores the urgent need for meaningful reforms to alleviate their suffering and restore hope for a brighter future. Only through concerted efforts and effective economic management can Nigeria overcome this crisis and chart a path towards prosperity for all its citizens.

*Ewere Okonta is the CEO of EOB Media, he writes from the Department of Business Administration, University of Delta, Agbor and can be reached at 08037383019,,

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