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Stop Politicisation Of Workers Benefits, NLC Warns Ajimobi, Makinde

By Our Correspondent



The Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC has cautioned Abiola Ajimobi and Seyi Makinde, respectively the outgoing and incoming governors of the state to stop further politicization of the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage of workers in the state.

The council in a statement issued in Ibadan at the weekend said it had followed with regrets the politicization of the issue by the two men at the cost of the workers.

Labour’s stance follows Ajimobi’s instruction for the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage from the month of May. Ajimobi is scheduled to leave office on May 29 and failed in his bid to win election to the Senate or have his party man replace him as governor after two straight terms.

Makinde who won the election has, however, washed his hands off the directive saying that he would want a fresh negotiation with the state’s organized labour.

Makinde wants fresh negotiations on N30,000 minimum wage in Oyo State

But responding to the issue on Sunday, the NLC in a statement issued by its Oyo State secretary, Comrade Ibrahim Mohammed said: “the state leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress has been following with keen interest, the political bickering and over dramatisation of differences currently unfolding between the outgoing and incoming administration in the state, which unfortunately and with great concern has been extended to the critical interest of the workers in the state ‘N30,000 minimum wage’ and other wide range of government activities and issues bordering on the core value/welfare of Oyo state citizenry.

“We are deeply disappointed and compelled to hereby express our displeasure at the way and manner the issue of the minimum wage is being politicised in the state. The NLC wishes to categorically state that no excuse or excuses shall be tolerated from either the incumbent or incoming government on implementation of the new minimum wage  which has been signed into law.”

“The theme of of 2019 May day celebration ” Another 100 years of struggle for jobs, dignity and social justice in Nigeria” is still fresh in our mind and hence, NLC shall resist all forms of slavery, scapegoatism, suffering and other negative variables currently been experienced by workers in Oyo state. Enough is enough.”

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