ABEOKUTA – Scores of public workers under the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday staged peaceful protest on the major streets of Abeokuta.
The protest in Abeokuta was in compliance to the directive by the national leadership of NLC to press for the implementation of N30,000 minimum wage to Nigeria workers.
Alhaji Akeem Ambali, the Ogun State NLC Chairman, said in Abeokuta that the protest was targeted at making various state governments to make commitment on the implementation of N30,000 minimum wage.
“For us in Ogun State, we have never gone backward, in everything we always lead and others follow, the current minimum wage Ogun State pay is 20,000 above other States and we know our government will no 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 naira to Ogun workers so that Gov. Amosun will exit office on a glamorous note.
“Dont let us to be 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 released.
He said that the NLC has not started the strike yet, that they have gathered for a peaceful mobilization rally.
“We are taking our struggle to Oke-Mosan 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 across quarters to draw FG’s attention to their plight.
He said that the struggle is going to be a continuous one until the federal agree to pay 30,000 minimum wage.
“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.
Comrade Amabali maintained that it is not that the federal government cannot afford to pay the money but its lack of willingness to pay.
Meanwhile, the Trade Union Congress chairman, TUC, comrade Bunmi Fajobi submitted that the reason for the protest is to draw the attention of the Federal Government over the 30, 000 minimum wage.
“It is very important to draw mobilization across our unions, private sector union and public service union, like the language of my fore- father, the day of fight is still ahead, as we speak we don’t have directive on strike, the directive we received is to peacefully mobilize our people for a rally and that we are going to stick to that this morning as we proceed on the strike.
“After the rally, we are all free to go back to work and let the leaders of the respective primary unions continue to mobilize.
“We are embarking on a peaceful protest today to let the federal government know that we are not happy about the current minimum wage, and the new minimum wage we have agreed on will guarantee the standard living of the people.
“We are heading to Okemosan this morning to meet the Ogun State governor, senator Ibikunle Amosun, and after today’s protest we will go back to our different work of place”.