The Organised Labour in Kogi, on Saturday, appealed to Gov. Yahaya Bello to implement the N30,000 minimum wage in the state.
Edoka said that workers in the state could no longer cope with the prevailing economic situation in the country.
He said that two years after President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the N30,000 minimum wage bill into law, some states, including Kogi, had yet to commence implementation.
Edoka described the development as “worrisome and a great disservice” to Nigerian workers, adding that implementation of the new minimum wage would help ameliorate the suffering of workers under the current economic reality.
He also urged the state government to urgently address the issue of salary percentage payment to council workers and primary schools teachers in the state.
“What will percentage salary do in this regard. I am using this medium to appeal to our governor to do the needful, as we are very optimistic that he will listen to our cry.
“It didn’t start with the current administration, as we won’t shy away from the fact that there was improvement when Bello came on board,” he said.
The labour leader, however, admonished those agitating for the removal of minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to concurrent legislative list to stop such agitation, as Nigerian workers would always oppose and reject it.
The state Head of Service (HOS), Mrs Hannah Odiyo, in her address, commended the organised labour for the industrial peace in the state, in spite of the non- implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage.
She said that the Workers’ Day was set aside to celebrate and appreciate workers for their roles in nation-building.
Odiyo, who said that the Gov. Bello-led administration was committed to workers’ welfare, solicited for the support of workers for government policies and programmes geared towards improving the lives of the people of the state. (NAN)