The President of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU), Chief Emeka Obegolu has urged Heads of State and Heads of Government in Africa to adopt a living wage as minimum wage in Africa.
He spoke during the 2nd African Union Commission National Association of National Human Rights Institutions held at the African Union Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the 23rd of November, 2018.
In his paper titled “Efforts to combat corruption in Africa: Are we making progress?”, the President noted that apart from the African Union commitment as demonstrated in the declaration of 2018 as the AU Anti-Corruption year and the appointment of President Buhari as the Anti-Corruption Champion for the AU, not much has been achieved in terms of implementation of the guiding principles of that declaration and other conventions of the AU by member countries.
Chief Obegolu identified the linkage between endemic corruption and poverty and noted, with statistics, that countries in Africa that has the lowest minimum wage are perceived as the most corrupt.
Chief Obegolu reasoned that governments at all levels must ensure that staff working for them can earn decent livelihoods within their salary so they don’t have to resort to corrupt means to survive.
He charged the National Human Rights Institutions to work hard within their respective countries to ensure that the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policies are made justiciable so that those human rights created under the constitution can be enforceable.
The workshop was declared open by the Speaker of the House of Peoples Representatives of Ethiopia, Hon. Tagasse Chafo while the Chairperson of AU Permanent Representatives Committee, Amb. Hope Tumukunde moderated the session.