The Kogi State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday decried the failure of the state government to implement N30,000 minimum wage despite constituting a committee for the implementation.
The State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Onuh Edoka, disclosed this when he played host to the new executives of the Nigeria Civil Service Union.
Edoka lamented that two years after setting up a committee for the implementation, the committee was yet to submit its reports to Governor Yahaya Bello.
He said the union is under pressure from workers to see that the minimum wage is implemented.
He however assured that the union will not rest until the new minimum wage is implemented in Kogi just as it is applicable in other states.
“Organized Labour in Kogi State is still in dismay over the non implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage. After two years of setting the committee, they are yet to submit a report to his excellency. For how long are we going to continue like this? Workers have been patient and they have exhausted it.
“We are using this medium to call on the Kogi State Government to do the needful as things are getting out of hand given the current economic reality. The prices of foodstuff have skyrocketed and workers are still being paid with their old wages. This is not fair. Something urgently needs to be done to cushion the suffering of our workers,” he said.
Edoka also said that the Nigeria Civil Service Union is the oldest union form in Nigeria before the amalgamation of the North and Southern protectorates in 1914 adding that, they have produced intelligent individuals both at the National and State level.
The NLC Chairman however warned that the struggle will not be easy in the state for the union adding that they should ensure they maintain industrial harmony with the government in a bid to meet the yearnings of workers they represent in the State.
“The task ahead is enormous. It is important to state here categorically that you must put in your best to meet the demands of your union members. Do not betray the workers you are representing. If you do this, you will face the wrath of God,” he warned.
Earlier, the Kogi State Council Chairman, Nigeria Civil Service Union, Comrade Tony Obasa, said they were in the office of Comrade Edoka to pledge their loyalty to the NLC.
He tasked the NLC Chairman to double his efforts at ensuring that the Kogi State Government implements the new minimum wage, stressing that workers can no longer cope with what is given to them as monthly salary.