By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
The leadership of the labour unions in Ekiti State has vowed to beam its searchlight on Governor Kayode Fayemi to ensure he uses the Paris Club refund to clear the accumulated workers salary arrears, gratuities and pensions.
The union leaders tasked the Governor not to let the hope of the workers become shattered whenever the money is paid by the Federal Government.
Briefing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Comrades Sola Adigun and Kolapo Olatunde of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) respectively, said that minimum wage was a law and Ekiti State Government must prove to the whole world that it can pay it.
The labour leaders said that Paris Club Refund provides another opportunity for government to clear the backlog of unpaid salaries, saying that though the arrears were inherited from the previous administration, government is a continuum.
According to Adigun, the issue of minimum wage ought to have been dealt with three years ago. “We don’t want delay tactics, we want to appeal to the federal government that before the end of May the guidelines , the template must be ready.
” This is what the states are using as excuse to delay the payment of the minimum wage to their workers. “
He appealed to the Royal Fathers to caution market women not to increase the prices of their goods and services.” Thirty thousands naira is just a pittance we appeal to them not to increase price so that workers can have real values for their wages.”
The NLC Chairman urged the Federal Government to guide the sources of revenue jealously. ” We can refine our crude oil locally. The income from the Port alone can finance Nigeria budget not to talk of money from petrol, if the needful is done, we can pay the minimum wage.”