1 May 2021 By Olusegun Oyenibi
Kogi State Government has been urged to commence immediate payment of the New National Minimum wage.
State Chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Onuh Edoka and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Ranti Ojo, made the call at the celebration of this year’s Workers’ Day in Lokoja.
The Union leaders said the call became imperative in view of the economic hardship occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic and rising cost of goods and services in the country.
They appealed for more attention to workers welfare as well as employment of more teachers at the secondary school level in the state.
On the ongoing nationwide industrial action by judicial workers, JUSUN,and Parliamentary Staff Union of Nigeria, PASAN, the Union leaders called for full and financial autonomy for the Judiciary, Houses of Assemby and the Local Government Councils in the Country for an enduring democracy.
While appreciating Governor Yahaya Bello for his proactive steps in the security of lives and property in Kogi State, they decried the non attendance of the workers’ day by policy makers of the State .
They also charged Government at all levels to rise to the task of building a united nation with enduring legacies in view of the security challenges in all parts of the country.
In his address, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello represented by the State Head of Civil Service, Hannah Odiyo promised that Government would look into the demands of the Union with a view to giving it the attention it deserves.
He assured that the Committee is working on the negotiation for the payment of the New National Minimum wage in the State which would soon be completed in due course.
The theme for this year’s Workers’day is ” Covid-19 Pandemic, Social and Economic Crisis, Challenges For Jobs, Social Protection and People’s Welfare”.