The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress,(NLC) Kogi council, Onuh Edoka has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately implement the N30,000 new minimum wage in interest of the suffering workers of Nigeria.
Edoka who was speaking on Tuesday during the NLC declared protest across the country, advised the President not to be distracted by some governors hiding under the guise of “Nigeria Governors Forum” who are not willing to support the labour movement.
“We hereby reiterate our directive to Nigerian workers to vote out any politician or political party that refuse to pay the new national minimum wage of N30,000.
“We shall continue to consolidate our efforts to strengthen already existing platforms and structures to give teeth to our firm resolve to remove from power anti-labour governors and political leaders in the forthcoming 2019 general election.
“We urge government to desist from using the threat of mass sack or the barbaric policy of “no work… no pay” to break our resolve as this would only strengthen our position.
“And for any government contemplating mass sack as response to our demands for the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000, we wish to offer you this advice. The consequence of workers retrenchment would be too grievous for any political office holder truly elected by the people to contemplate” he said.
Kogi State NLC Chairman, while presenting the demands of workers in the State reminded the government that workers are being owned five months, 10 months, 15-24 months respectively.
There was however mild drama at the Kogi State Government House as the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) outrightly rejected the statement of the government that they have been paying Local Government workers in Kogi State over 50% percent salaries.
The Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor Chief Edward Onoja while addressing Labour Leaders comprising of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Medical and Health workers Union (MHWUN), National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Lokoja after they embark on a peaceful protest over the N30, 000 new minimum wage told workers that at Local government level, in the last six months, payment have not gone below 50% percent.
The statement did not go down well with the workers as they were chanting “No No, is not true.
Onoja while explaining further to buttress his claim said, “Is there a NULGE representative here? Please we are before the world so we are not here to joke. We must read out some information so that when they say what the money is used for, you will compare today and yesterday.
Speaking the NULGE chairman in Kogi State, Comrade Tade Adeyemi, said there was actually a directive that no Local Government should pay below 50% no matter what. NULGE chairman confirm.
But the NULGE chairman rebutted the claims saying workers have been receiving 25- 30% salaries in the last six months.
“I want to onbehalf of the entire Local Government workers, register our displeasure that despite our agreement, that no LGA should receive less than 54%, I want to point it to you that, majority of LGA workers are receiving 25-30% salaries”.
But the Chief of staff responded that the Director of LGA’s and Treasurers confirmed to the government with relevant records that they have been paying 50% and above.
Meanwhile, workers in the Local Government have called for the immediate sack of various DLG’s and Treasurers for allegedly hoarding their salaries.
Some workers who spoke under the condition of anonymity described the development as an embarrassment to the Kogi State Government.
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