By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Labour leaders in Oyo State on Wednesday declared that the planned removal of minimum wage from the exclusive list to current list is anti workers and constitute major threat to Nigeria economy.
Briefing journalists during a protest in Ibadan in compliance with the nationwide protest against the planned removal of the minimum wage, Oyo State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Comrade Emmanuel Ogundiran said the planned removal of minimum would destroy Nigeria economy.
Comrade Ogundiran alerted that some elements in Nigeria are hell bent at throwing the country into confusion by further throwing more Nigerians into unemployment market and as welltoying with the welfare of an average Nigerian workers over the planned removal of the minimum wage from the exclusive list to current list.
“Removing the minimum wage from the exclusive list to concurrent list means, it is no more the Federal Government that have the final say on the issue but both the state and the FG can adjudicate on it. It means the governors can decide on the amount to be paid as minimum wage and this will further enslave the workers,” he said.
Comrade Ogundiran added, that the Oyo State house of Assembly should reject the bill so as not to be part of the planned anti workers bill
The TUC Chairman however warned that the planned removal of the minimum wage from exclusive list may lead to unending strike if the National Assembly was recalcitrant in passing the bill into law.
Speaking, Oyo state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Union , (NLC), Comrade Kayode Martins, said the Bill was anti workers and does not have human face vowing that NLC would do the needful to ensure that the bill does not see the light of the day.
Comrade Martins maintained governors in the country earned nothing less than N500 million as security vote and are telling Nigerian workers that N30,000 minimum wage was too much which was unfair.
Deputy Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon.Muhammed Fadeyi, lauded the unions for the peacful protest, saying, the Bill before been passed into law must go through the 36 state House of Assembly and assured the unions that the state assembly would take the views of the people before taking decision on the bill.
Hon Fadeyi hinted that the bill would not see the light of the day irrespective of pressures from any quarters,