As Ekiti workers joined their colleagues across the 36 states of thefederation in holding a sensitization protest to press for newNational Minimum Wage of N30,000, Governor Kayode Fayemihas described their agitations as legitimate and worthy of being given considerations by governments.
The protest, which kicked off at the Mobil Filling Station inAjilosun area of Ado Ekiti, terminated at the Governor’s Office , where they were scheduled to meet Governor Kayode Fayemi onthe grievances with the governments.
The protest, coordinated by the National Vice President of theNigeria Labour Congress(NLC), Com. Solomon Adelegan, also has in attendance the Chairman of NLC in Ekiti, Com. Ade Adesanmi, his colleague in the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Com OdunayoAdesoye and the Secretary of Joint Negotiating Council, Com. Blessing Oladele.
Adesanmi , Adesoye and Oladele and other labour leaders insistedthat it smacked of insensitivity for the FG to have turned down the N30,000 proposal, when it can pay the jumbo pays being taken bypoliticians.
The workers who ended the rally at the Governor’s Office in Ado Ekiti got a boost in spite of unfavorable dispositions from the governors, as Fayemi said his government would do everything to support the demand since it was a product of law and constitution of the land.
Before getting to the Governor’s Office, the workers had earlieraddressed the public at the popular Erekesan market and urged them not to be misinformed by media hype from some quarters on the planned strike of the all labour unions in the country.
Fayemi , who was represented by the Chief of Staff, BiodunOmoleye and the Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka, said: “My government as you all know is labour friendly. The agitations for new National Minimum are legitimate and let me tell you, my government will never allow workers to go hungry again by working without getting their pay.
“The present wages you are taking can no longer take you half home, as responsible government, we must listen to your voices. We will take your demands to the Governors’ Forum and we will put up a voice for you there.
“Here in Ekiti, we will not only pay your salaries and pensions as and when due, we will also engage in capacity building to motivateworkers.
“We sympathise with you on the backlog of salary arrears. As we are settling down, our government will look into it , because never again shall Ekiti workers go hungry due to non-payment of salaries, bye, bye to such era,“ Fayemi stated.
The NLC National Vice President , Solomon Adelegan and StateChairman of TUC, Com Odunayo Adesoye , said the National Minimum Wage ought to have been reviewed since 2015 based on the proposition that the law should be reviewed every five years , in accordance to the law.
They said: “Go and check the records, Nigerian workers are the least paid in Africa and globally. South Africa, Ghana and other smaller countries are paying better wages.
“In a country where government can’t pay just N30,000 minimum wage, its Senators remain the highest paid in the world, this ininsensitive.