The Oyo state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo has asked the 36 state governors in the country to without delay enforce the payment of the newly approved N30,000 minimum wage.
Speaking while breaking fast with journalists in Ibadan at the Oyo state Secretariat of of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Ibadan, Comrade Titilola -Sodo declared that there are clear indications that all the state governors in the country can implement the N30, 000 minimum wage if they are ready to cut their financial excesses.
The Oyo NLC Chairman stressed that considering the present economic situation in Nigeria, the N30,000 minimum wage cannot even be enough to meet the needs of Nigerian workers, hence the need for immediate implementation of the new wage, saying,
“we should also know that, if we consider the level of inflation and higher price of essential commodities we rely upon on daily basis for survival, you will all agree with me that N30,000 is even very small to meet these needs on monthly basis.”
“So, we want to implore the state government to understand our plight by considering the situation we all find ourselves, and do justice in this regard. This month is a special period where God listens to our request, prayers and forgive our shortcomings. With these, we want the state government to emulate this doctrine by also listening to our request, we cannot even call it request but statutory right, and obligation on the part of the government to implement nothing less than N30,000 minimum wage signed by President Buhari’s led Federal government.” he said.
Comrade Sodo added, “as we all know, this Holy month of Ramadan teaches us how to better practice self discipline, self control and empathy for those who are less privileged, thus, encouraging hospitality”.
“Gentlemen of the Press. I am delighted to be in your midst in this Holy month of Ramadan, and also to thank you for finding me worthy to break fast with you. It is no more a news that media plays a critical role in reshaping and remodeling the society, which brings about the appellation such as ‘voice of the voiceless; fourth estate of the realm.
Speaking further, the NLC Chairman, however called on the Oyo state government to obey the rule of law by complying with the implementation of the newly approved N30,000 minimum wage for civil servants in the state, saying, “we want to request from the governor-elect that workers as a critical stakeholder in the running of government affairs, they should always carry us along in decision making especially those that have to do with the civil service.”
“We want to appeal to the government particularly the incoming one to use this Holy month of Ramadan and beyond to renew the solidarity and cultivate positive relationships with the workers, labour unions and the society as a whole.
We want to also use this medium to advice the governor-elect that we cannot push aside the issue of sycophancy in running government affairs but we want to advice him to be warry of them, they are around in every corner of leadership, governance and decision making, even in unionism, it takes wisdom in dealing with such situations.”