Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) in Ondo on Tuesday urged Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to facilitate the transmission of the bill on the proposed N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly before the end of January.
Speaking at a peaceful protest at the governor’s office in Akure, the National Auditor of NLC, Dr Yemisi Bamgbose, said workers were convinced that N30, 000 was small as it was not up to 60 dollars at the exchange rate.
“Today, we felt people have been sympathetic to this government and I can say that this government promised palliative measures when the petrol pump price was increased from N97 to N145, and has not been fulfilled till now.
“Labour did not foment any trouble then, and in the end, labour also came down from N50, 000 to N30, 000 during negotiations to enable government pay, and I think it is magnanimous enough for any government to embrace.
“Today, we are here because we do not believe in fomenting trouble, labor does not believe in bringing Nigeria down.
“So, we decided to go out and sensitise all governors for them to know that we have been cooperative enough and we still need their cooperation. This issue of N30, 000 minimum wage is not about today.
“Workers are the landlord, governors will come and go, but workers remain. We have a letter for the governor to appeal that we do not want to call workers to vote against this government in the forthcoming general elections,” he said.
Gov. Akeredolu, represented by Chief Ifedayo Abegunde, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), said they were responsive to the plight of Nigerian workers, especially in the state.
He explained that the workers had always appreciated the present administration for paying salaries, but the present minimum wage was a national issue.
NAN reports that the workers trekked from Adegbemile area to the governor’s office gate and carry placards with various inscriptions like ‘Minimum wage is a matter of law, Pay now and have our votes; Ondo State is a pacesetter, Arakunrin shall do the needful.
Other inscriptions include, ‘It is workable and realisable – N30, 000 minimum wage; Workers create the wealth of Nigeria, it is time to make them happy.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill has been submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by the tripartite committee for transmission to the National Assembly, but the governor’s had claimed that they could not afford the amount.