By Ameer Obansa, Lokoja
Organize labour in Kogi State has asked the Federal Government to treat Nigerian workers with diginity, saying that the Workers are not slaves, and would resist any attempt by those in authority to deny them of a new minimum wage.
The Kogi State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Comrade Onuh Edoka, gave the warning on Tuesday when he addressed the organized labour in the state who joined their counterparts nationwide in a mass protest to demand for a new national minimum wage.
The State NLC Chairman lamented the patry N20,000 minimum wage offer by the federal government, warned that any attempt not to pay N30,000 minimum wage to workers would be met with stiff resistance.
According to Edoka, ” enough is enough,” as he warned the federal government not to test the will of Nigerian Workers, as twenty thousand naira minimum wage was not enough to pay children’s school fees, medical bills, and take the Nigerian workers home.
The State NLC Chairman said workers reject the position of the Nigerian Governors that they cannot not pay the new minimum wage, describing their N20,000 offer as ” peanuts, wicked and inhuman.”
Com. Edoka assured that the new minimum wage was feasible if those in positions of Authority would cut down on frivolities, prioritise their expenditures, with governors cutting down on their jamboree, Wardrobe allowance and humongous amount spent on the State Assembly and other frivolities .
He said the Nigerian Workers would work against those oppressing their wellbeing, rights and are refusing to pay workers a new minimum wage, a demand he pointed out was legitimate.
The State NLC Chairman warned that the N30,000 minimum wage demanded by workers should not be made a promise cancelled, asking why the promise by the present administration to increase workers wage is now becoming a difficult issue.
The State NLC Chairman commended the Kogi State government for accepting to pay three and four months salaries to MDAs, tertiary institutions and pensioners in the state.
He urged the state government to go beyond the payment of salary arrears, but to also use the federal allocation for September to pay salaries of workers for the month of October.