– Edo state chapter of the NLC has vowed to boycott the 2019 general election if the N30,000 minimum is not implemented
– The congress said the new minimum wage must be N30,000 on or before election, or there would be no election
– The NLC also presented a copy of the union’s notice of impending strike to the Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Edo chapter, says it will boycott the 2019 general election if the N30,000 minimum wage bill was not transmitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Emmanuel Ademokun, chairman, Edo NLC, spoke on Tuesday, January 8, in Benin, when he led a protest march to Government House, to press for the payment of the new minimum wage.
Ademokun said Nigerian workers were the least paid in the world, noting that, “it must be N30,000 minimum wage on or before election or no election.”
“We are here to express our grievances over the non-transmission of the N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly, because we are aware that the bill has been presented to the president. Workers must decide who will govern them,” he said.
He said the union had no issue with Edo government, as regards workers welfare, noting that the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, had promised to pay the N30,000 amount, when passed into law.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ademokun presented a copy of the union’s notice of impending strike to Obaseki.
Responding, Obaseki reassured them of his administration’s readiness to pay whatever amount was passed into law.
The governor, who was represented by the head of service, Isaac Ehiozuwa, said Edo was “workers’ friendly.”
He said that the state had gone ahead to pay N25,000 minimum wage, when other states were still paying N18,000.
“The NLC chairman has said it all. The state is labour friendly, and we will implement whatever is passed into law by the National Assembly.”
He commended the union for the peaceful conduct of the protest and assured that the workers would smile at the end of the day.
The same kind of protest took place in Lagos, Imo and some other states across the country.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Anambra state had called on President Muhammadu Buhari to transmit the proposed national minimum wage of N30,000 to the National Assembly for consideration.
The chairman of the congress, Ifeanyi Okechukwu, said President Buhari should not bother himself with the position of the governors but demonstrate the positive disposition of the federal government to workers’ welfare by approving the agreement.
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