By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC has charged Ogun State governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun to pay 35, 000 minimum wage immediately federal government approves the proposed 30, 000 minimum wage.
Ogun State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Akeem Amabali made the charge on Wednesday while speaking with newsmen during mobilization rally held to urge government to stop dragging its foot on implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage.
The NLC Chairman said “for us in Ogun State, we have never gone backward, in everything we always lead and others follow, on the current minimum wage, Ogun State pay N200 higher and above other States and we know our government will not go back on that.
“Immediately the 30, 000 minimum wage is approved by the federal government, we want to charge the Ogun State governor to take it higher a bit and pay N35,000 to Ogun workers so that Gov. Amosun will be exiting office on a glorious note”.
“We are not discouraged, we believed our governor will do the needful and there will be no need for any strike in Ogun State after the 35,000 minimum wage is approved”.
While saying that the peaceful rally was just to further appeal to government to hasten his decision on the long overdue N30,000 minimum wage, Ambali said “we are taking our struggle to Okemosan to meet our governor to present some documents to him, but if today’s meeting is inconclusive then we will know the steps we are going to take but for now we are not embarking on strike”.
“We want to let you know that payment of minimum pension is included, we will continue to engage Ogun State government across quarters and draw federal government attention to their plight”.
“We have vowed and we know the language they understand is no retreat no surrender, if the federal government is not going to listen to us, we are not going to surrender, the 30,000 minimum wage must be approved by the federal government and very soon every worker in Ogun State will smile”.
Meanwhile, Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC) for the state, Comrade Bunmi Fajobi submitted that the reason for the protest was to draw the attention of the federal government to urgency of approving the N30, 000 minimum wage without further delay.