Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi based human rights activist and Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul has bemoaned the delayed implementation of N18,000 wage in the State.
He urged labour leaders to go back to the negotiation table with the State government to ensure strict compliance for the commencement of payment in Kogi State. Speaking with journalists in Lokoja on Friday, he stated that minimum wage is a constitutional and legal matter which is expected to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
The activist pointed out that there was an Act of the National Assembly that is subject to a review every five years, stressing that it is very unfortunate, worrisome and uncomfortable, 18 months after.
He lamented that despite that President Muhammudu Bulgari had signed into law, the minimum wage bill, the Kogi State government is yet to conclude negotiations, talk less of the commencement of payment.
“If the Federal government and even some states have since commenced payment, what is the rationale for the non-completion of negotiations and commencement of payment of the minimum wage in Kogi state?” he asked
He added, “Kogi state workers cannot and must not be made scapegoats, as they are the creators of the wealth that politicians fritter away with reckless abandon.
“We call on the organized labour to go back to the negotiations table immediately, to stop this modern slavery the workers in Kogi State are being subjected to.”