Minimum Wage: Workers Protest In Edo, Lagos, Imo Other States

 

Workers are currently protesting in various states across the country demanding the implementation of a new minimum wage of N30,000

The workers have joined voices with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) who are also currently protesting in Abuja, the nation’s capital.


EDO STATE

In Edo State, workers are out on the streets protesting. The workers insist that President Muhammadu Buhari should forward the new minimum wage bill to the National Assembly, immediately.

The chairman of NLC in Edo State, Emma Ademokun, in an interview said the rally will not affect workers who are presently in their offices as the national body will give further directives on the next line of action.


LAGOS STATE

The nationwide demonstration is also holding in the commercial city of Lagos State as leaders of the union make peaceful procession to Ikeja, the state capital.

The workers demand that the Federal Government send the minimum wage bill to the legislature. They insist that their demand of N30,000 be met or they down tools.

They also took the protest to Lagos State House of Assembly.


IMO STATE

In Imo State, sensitisation rally is currently holding at the Labour house in Owerri, the state capital.

The NLC Chairman in Imo State, Ashton Chilakpu told journalists that the union in the state is following the directives of the National body to carry out the protest on the N30,000 minimum wage.


KWARA STATE

In Kwara State, members of the NLC are also protesting the non-implementation of the minimum wage. The workers have occupied Ilorin, the state capital in protest.


EKITI STATE

The Labour Union in Ekiti State also joined the nationwide protest, to insist on the payment of N30,000 minimum wage.

According to the workers, the new minimum wage is important due to increase in price of fuel,  exchange rate and other indices.

They accused the Federal Government of playing games with workers insisting they have a valid agreement with government.

KADUNA STATE


Members of the organized labour  including the NLC, the United Labour Congress (ULC) and  the Trade Union Congress (TUC) also joined in the protest demanding for the  implementation  of the N30,000 minimum wage.

The protesters gathered at the NLC secretariat in the state capital with placards bearing various inscriptions and singing solidarity songs.

Leaders of the three trade unions urged the Federal Government to transmit the national minimum wage bill to the National Assembly for passage into law. This they believed will save the country from imminent labour dispute between government and the organised labour

The workers protest follows several meetings and negotiations between the Federal Government delegates led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and leaders of the labour union.

According to the NLC, the protest is in reaction to the delay of the executive to transmit the recommendations of the tripartite committee on a new national minimum wage to the National Assembly.

Wabba, after the recent meeting held on Monday in Abuja told journalists that the protest is aimed at drawing the attention of all relevant individual and institutions to the urgent need to transmit the recommended N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly.

Disengaged NNPC Workers Protest

Disengaged NNPC Workers ProtestDisengaged casual workers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are protesting what they term summary dismissal by the corporation and failure to pay them outstanding benefits for over two years.

They have now asked for the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly, and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the matter.

The group, who are asking for four billion naira severance pay, claim that they were issued official letters of engagement with which they served as office assistants and field workers with the NNPC for 15 years, prior to their disengagement.

The spokesperson of the group, Eze Emeh said that they held series of meetings with the management of the NNPC in 2015 which stopped abruptly in what he described as an effort to frustrate them into silence.

The NNPC has declined to comment on camera.

Kano Workers, Youths Support Subsidy Removal

subsidy removalHundreds of youths and civil servants in Kano State, northwest Nigeria have protested in support of fuel subsidy removal.

While presenting a letter of support to the state’s Head of Service for onward transfer to President Buhari, leader of the youths, Usman Fagge, said that it was shameful and unfortunate that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has called for a strike at a time when Nigerians are celebrating success.

“Where were you when politicians were looting funds meant for our security?” This was the question repeatedly asked by the youths and civil servants.

They carried placards and pamphlets with various messages signifying support to President Buhari and the removal of fuel subsidy.

They expressed belief that the subsidy removal will in no doubt end the suffering of Nigerians, stressing that NLC leadership are being cowards.

Receiving the letter of support for President Buhari, the Kano State Head of Service, Auwal Naiya, told the youths and workers that President Buhari was fully aware of their situation.

While promising government’s commitment to making life better for Nigerians, he said that the removal of fuel subsidy would provide government with the opportunity to alleviate the suffering of Nigeria.

All government agencies in Kano opened for work and market places have also continued to operate.

There has been no report of protest by the NLC anywhere in the state.

The Kano State Police Command said that policemen had been deployed in all the exit and entry routes in Kano State as well as in many strategic areas across the state.

IBC Workers Protest 3 Months Unpaid Salary, Urges Management Investigation

imo ibc workers protest non-payment of salaryWorkers of the Imo State Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) in their numbers took to the streets of Owerri, Imo state capital, on a peaceful protest over the non-payment of three months’ salary owed by the state government.

The protesters walked all the way from Akanchawa avenue, the IBC headquarters, down to Government House, to express their grievances to the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who unfortunately was out of town.

Carrying placards with several inscriptions, the protesters demanded for their salaries and insisted on seeking audience with Governor Okorocha.

Speaking to Newsmen, the Chairman of the IBC Joint Action Committee of the Workers’ Union, Mr Sam Eke, said they have also come to bring to the notice of the governor the insensitivity of the board and management of IBC to the welfare of workers, as it has gotten to their notice that the salaries have been approved and released by the governor, but the management is still withholding it for no just cause,

They appealed to the state government to investigate the allegations and take necessary steps.

Meanwhile, Secretary to the Imo State Government, Jude Ejiogu, appealed to the protesters not to begin the new administration with protest, assuring them that urgent measures would be taken to ensure quick payment of their salaries, knowing fully well that the Okorocha led administration is unequivocally committed to the welfare of workers in the state.

Mr Ejiogu also assured that the state government will immediately set up a committee to look into the allegations raised about the board and management of IBC as soon as possible.

Sacked NIMC Workers Shutdown National Assembly

Sacked workers of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Tuesday blocked the entrance into the National Assembly complex demanding their reinstatement.

The workers caused a vehicular gridlock, making it difficult for the workers of the National Assembly to get into their offices.

Attempts by members of the Senate Committee on National Population and Identity Card to appeal to the workers were rebuffed as they insisted on being addressed by the senate president.

The four thousand disengaged staff of NIMC said they came from various states of the country to protest their mass sack.

The protesters want lawmakers to influence the removal of the commission’s management whom they accuse of sacking them without following laid down procedures.

The all-day barricade disrupted legislative activities as the major entrances into the parliament remained blocked thereby leading to a two-kilometre traffic jam on the road into the complex.

The protesting workers who became unruly at some point also promised to return for a bigger showdown if their demands are not met.

Sacked Workers Barricade National Assembly Entrance; Demand Justice

Sacked staff of the National Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC) on Tuesday barricaded the National Assembly Complex demanding that House of Representatives give them justice based on their petition before the House.

The protesters, who stormed the NASS Complex at about 8am displaying placards, blocked the first entry point of the Complex making it impossible for both human and vehicular traffic to gain entry into the premises.

Speaking during the peaceful protest, the leader of the sacked workers said “we are aggrieved because in the last one month and five days, we submitted a petition to the House committee on Public Petitions and till date nothing has been done on it.

“We had to barricade this place because we got a letter from the office of the SGF disengaging us and we confirmed that the letter emanated from there. All we want is justice for those who were wrongfully terminated and those of us who had worked for over 34 years and were not duly compensated.”

Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) attached to the Complex, M. Shehu, alongside, the Senate’s Deputy Majority Leader, Abdul Ningi, the Minority Leader, George Akume and Abu Ibrahim took turns to address the protesters.

They appealed to them to maintain peace and order assuring them that justice must be done.

Mr Ningi, who represented the Senate President, David Mark said: “the management of your organisation will appear before me in my office and this issue will be amicably resolved. This is the first time this matter was brought to my notice and I will ensure that the right thing is done.”

The management of NIMC recently laid off over 4000 workers over their inability to meet up with a 6 year period of grace to acquire university education. This development had led to series of protests against the management of the commission.

Workers protest over N18, 000 minimum wage in Plateau

Members of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Plateau State chapter on Wednesday took to the streets in Jos demonstrating against the state government refusal to implement the N18, 000 minimum wage and the government stand on no work no pay rule for the period the workers were on strike.

The governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang

The protesting workers stormed the State House of Assembly to press further for their demand on the implementation of the minimum wage. The aggrieved workers, dressed in black attires, gathered at the Jos north local government area and in their hundreds moved in procession to the parliament amidst tight security through some major roads in the metropolis to express their grievances.

The Chairman, Jos North local government chapter of NULGE, James Nyam reinstated the union determination to continue with the industrial action until the government soft pedal on its highhandedness and negotiate with the workers that have been on strike for the past six months.

Mr Nyam appealed to the workers to remain steadfast and avoid actions that could jeopardize the struggle of the workers and not to allow miscreants hijack the procession.

Political solution

The Plateau House of Assembly appealed to the protesting workers to adopt political solution to the ongoing strike.

Diket Plang, the Chairman, House Committee on Information made the call at a press briefing in Jos.

“We are pleading for political intervention in this matter because we are people’s representatives.

“The problems of the people we represent should be our major concern, we are still pleading that government and labour should come to terms to dialogue over this issue,” Mr Plang said.

According to the lawmaker, the parties must sit down to find amicable solution to the problem.

He however, debunked the claim that assemblymen scrambled over the windows and fence to escape when the striking workers visited the assembly premises to register their grievances.

He said that none of the assemblymen was present during the protest visit of the local government workers, led by the organised labour.