The leadership of the Joint Negotiating Council in Kwara State on Wednesday said it has forwarded a letter to Governor AbdulRhman AbdulRasaq on the need to initiate the process for the implementation of? N30,000 minimum wage.
This followed the receipt of a letter to the effect from the national body of the organised labour consisting, Joint Negotiating Council, Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress.
Rising from its meeting? held at the Labour House, Ilorin, the union also declared that it would “present the circular on the consequential adjustment of the new national minimum wage to the governor for implementation as soon as the circular is released.”
A statement signed by the chairman and secretary of the council in the state, Saliu Suleiman and Tunde Joseph respectively, said the meeting deliberated extensively on issues? relating to workers’ welfare.
The statement added that the meeting deliberated on “the national minimum wage and the letter from the national headquarters on the consequential adjustment as agreed by organised labour which had just been forwarded to? the governor of Kwara State for negotiations to commence without further delay.”
The union appealed to the state government to see the request as a call to better the plight of Kwara workers.
The joint leadership of the organised labour in the state had on Tuesday asked the state house of assembly to support the cause of workers in the state on the implementation of the consequential adjustment of the new national minimum wage.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress has called for the coming together of intellectuals and professionals to lift the country out of its present security and economic challenges, noting that the problems will persist if the present leaders are recycled.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, stated this in Abuja at the Heroes’ Day celebration organised by the Academic Staff Union of Universities to honour its past leaders.
The NLC President, while speaking on the insecurity situation, noted that Nigeria and the government needed to “change our methods because the issues have also changed,” adding that some state actors were the cause of insecurity.
Wabba said, “The politicians are the same. In fact, they are part of the insecurity challenges. Many of them are part of it. We have heard of the narratives on how some governors work in tandem with criminals and how arms are being procured. Every arm being used for insecurity can be traced and the source can be known. Therefore, some of them are beneficiaries.
“The system is so perverse that some of them are taking billions of naira while the majority is going home with nothing. We cannot continue to go the old way and practices. I think this situation must stimulate all of us to also take our responsibilities very seriously.
“I think we must change our methods because the issues also have changed. All around the world, we have found out that it is the same issues and countries are changing the rules. This is what we do in our own political system.
“If we keep recycling the same people, the problems will continue to be there. That is the reality. So we must bring the intellectuals and align our forces, thoughts and resources to ensure we have people that can actually change the situation. If not, nothing will change except we change the system and change the rules.”
The ASUU National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, whose speech was read by the Vice-President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, said the Heroes’ Day was to acknowledge the union leaders, who were driven by a “deep sense of patriotism and commitment to radical view of society, strove to rescue a decadent and underdeveloped postcolonial Nigeria through the instrumentality of education.”
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