The organised labour in kogi state, has urged the Federal Government to caution the minister of labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige to desist from carrying out anti-labour policies.
Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in the state, Comrade Onuh Edoka stated this while presenting a protest letter to the kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, at government House lokoja for onward transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to approve the thirty thousand naira minimum wage.
Comrade Edoka said the organised labour in the country was protesting the undue treatment of the Nigerian workers and the manner the federal government was handling the agitation for new minimum wage.
The state NLC boss also used the opportunity to call on the state government to stick to agreements reached with labour on the use of the Paris refund for payment of three months salary arrears to core civil servants and four months salary arrears to workers in the state tertiary institutions as well as pensioners.
He said labour would not hesitate to vote out any government or individual who does not mean well for workers.
Receiving the protest letter from the state NLC Chairman, on behalf of the state governor, the Chief of staff to the Kogi State Governor, Mr Edward Onoja, said President Muhammadu Buhari is a man who listens to the people.
He assured that the letter would be sent to the appropriate quarters as the governor will also render positive advice on the matter.
Still in Lokoja, The house of Assembly has been called upon to have wide consultations including organising public hearing sessions, sequel to the passage of next year’s budget.
This call was part of a communique at a one day budget summit organised by the centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in partnership with the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation and the support from MAC Arthur Foundation.
The communique stressed the need for the ministry of budget and national planning to make budget documents available to stakeholders on time for consideration.
It also called for a wider consultations and involvement of all stakeholders in the budget process from the preparatory stage, passage and implementation.
The communique stressed the need to put in place relevant public financing laws to ensure that there was a legal framework for budget process in kogi State.
The summit solicited for constant availability of government officials, particularly the executive arm of government with non state actors on developmental issues in the state.
COMM/ALFA YAKUBU/SUNNY ADEBIJA/LOKOJA