Workers’ Day: Kogi workers to Gov.Bello- Please Implement minimum wage

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By Correspondent in Lokoja

Members of the organized Labour in Kogi State have appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage.

The union which comprises the Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress, (TUC), made the appeal on Saturday in Lokoja in commemoration of this year workers day.

Kogi State NLC Chairman Comrade Onuh Edoka,in his speech,said workers in the state could no longer cope with the current economic reality.

Describing the development as very worrisome and a great disservice to Nigerian workers who are serving their father land, Edoka explained that the implementation of new minimum wage would help ameliorate the suffering of workers, in view of the current economic quagmire in the country.

Edoka, who spoke on several issues affecting workers,reminded Government that Nigerian workers would always reject any plans to move the minimum wage from the exclusive list to the concurrent list.

” Any individual pushing for this demonic plans of removing the minimum wage from exclusive list to concurrent list will be rejected by millions of Nigerian workers. Such act is not just anti workers but a plot to put workers at the mercy of some individuals in the country ” he added.

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He also appealed to Governor Bello to address the issue of percentage salary to Local Government Teachers in Kogi State.

He reminded the state government that:”When workers are highly motivated, it will increase their work efficiency and productivity.
“Over the years our Local Government workers and teacher are feeding their families with percentage salaries. It didn’t start with the current administration, as we won’t shy away from the fact that there was improvement when Gov. Bello came on board.

“Our Local Government workers are not finding things funny, as we are all aware that the prices of food in the market has gone up. They have school fees to pay and other bills. “What will percentage salary do in this regard. Am using this medium to appeal to our Governor to do the needful as we are very optimistic that he will listen to our cry.”

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He, however appreciated the Bello for releasing N100 million for monthly gratuity of retirees in the state but advised that a committee be set up to monitor the disbursement of the funds, to avert it from falling into the hands of some fraudulent individuals in the state.

He also urged the state government to conduct a fresh employment into the State Civil Service, warning of a possible collapse of the system if an urgent step is not put in place.

Edoka, however, tasked Gov. Bello to lift the ban on union activities in all the tertiary institutions, revisit Local Government and Judiciary Autonomy, build an estate for Kogi workers, establish sports Commission in Kogi State and build a theatre for the council of arts and culture.

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He urged workers to remain resolute in their duties, stressing that their actions in their various offices could make or mar the development of the state.

Responding, the Kogi State Head of Service, Mrs Mrs. Hannah Odiyo,
commended labour for the industrial harmony enjoined between government and workers in the state, insisting that workers day was not a war fare but a day set aside to celebrate and appreciate workers in their roles toward nation building.

She also commended the workers for not embarking on industrial action over new minimum wage, adding that the present government, led by Yahaya Bello,wad committed to workers,’ welfare.

Odiyo solicited the support of workers to government policies and programmes, emphasizing that the welfare of workers “remains a top priority under the present administration.”

However, the Kogi State Governmet has commended the commitment of workers in the state towards the rapid growth of the civil service and the overall development of the state.

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