By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The organized labour in Kogi State has on Tuesday joined their counterparts across the country to protest against the lackadaisical attitude of the Federal and governments towards the payment of N30, 000 minimum wage.
The Protest which was led by the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Onuh Edoka, the workers marched through some streets in the state capital before they stormed Government House to meet with the state Responding,Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
Edoka explained the need for the federal government to see to the implementation of the minimum wage, even as he alleged that the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige is frustrating the good intention of the Buhari led administration.
He further pointed out that the intrigues and antics being deployed by the labour minister was anything but encouraging, insisting that N30, 000 was nothing compared to what some top government officials were spending on monthly basis to feed their dogs.
According to the NLC chairman, even if other campaign promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 cannot be realized, the issue of minimum wage must be a reality, even as he stressed that some government officials are frustrating the noble intention of the federal government.
Responding, the chief of staff to the governor, Edward Onoja who received the protesters on behalf of governor Bello, commended the workers for their orderly disposition, promising to convey their message to the appropriate quarters.
He disclosed that the state government has concluded plans to pay three months salary arrears to workers and pensioners in the state while their colleagues in tertiary institutions would be paid four months.
The chief of staff further assured workers of the commitment of the present administration in the staff to their welfare, even as he called for their support and cooperation in taking the state to enviable heights.
He stressed that the threat by the organized labour to shut down the entire system in the country on the 6th of November, may never happen as efforts are being intensified by governments at all levels to reach an amicable settlement on the matter.