Enugu shut as Labour join nationwide protest on minimum wage


The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Enugu state chapter Comrade Virginus Nwobodo said that the Union are mourning injustice towards the Nigerians workers.

Comrade Virginus made this statement on Tuesday during a nationwide protest rally organized by the Nigerian labour congress NLC Enugu Chapter in Enugu.

“Nigerian workers are not happy, this rally is going on simultaneously nation wide to register our dismay and let the world know that we are not happy, we are particularly mourning injustice towards Nigerian workers.

” That is why we have gathered, sensitizing the workers and consciencitizing them to know the

extent we have gone”.

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The Chairman Trade Union Congress Enugu state Chapter Comrade Chukwuma Igbokwe in his speech said that the protest is against federal government delay to send the draft bill on thirty thousand naira national minimum wage to the National Assembly.

According to Comrade Igbokwe, the Union is tired of promises made by the federal government, noting that government have not shown commitment in transmitting the bill to the National assembly.

“Federal government invited labour for a meeting on friday, that meeting was inconclusive and another meeting was scheduled yesterday at the end of the day there were promises. We were not seeing action, We are tired of promises.

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” All we want to see is that a letter is read on the floor of the Senate, a letter is read in the house of representative on the issue of letter received from the President on the issue of the thirty thousand naira new minimum wage.

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The Chairperson Women Committee Nigerian Labour Congress Enugu state Comrade Ifeyinwa Ngwu Stressed that she expected that the federal government should have implemented the thirty thousand naira new minimum wage reached by the tripartite committee with ease.

A Civil servant with ministry of commerce and industry Enugu Mr Henry Ugwu, suggested that government should wipe out some political appointment that are not necessary in other to cut down cost so that they can pay the new minimum wage.

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By Sylvia Udegbunam-Enugu

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