Workers Day: Protests Are Allowed, Infact, This Was Mild, Chris Ngige
2 May 2017 News
THERE was chaos, yesterday, at the Eagle Square, Abuja venue of National May Day celebration, organised by leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and their Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, counterpart, as aggrieved workers disrupted proceedings over absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo.
What are the issues surrounding the protest? Why was there no higher authority representing the president, What is the position of Government on the minimum wage? Has Government been non challant? The minister of Labour and productivity, Chris Ngige profers answers in the audio link below.
This is not the first time president Buhari will miss worker’s day, but the workers were infuriated and a protest broke out.
Rancour actually started when Mrs. Abiola Bawa, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Empoyment was called to present the address of the minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, who sat at the state box with other dignitaries. At this point, the workers became restive, insisting the Minister delivered the address himself. Efforts made to persuade the workers to allow the Permanent Secretary read the minister’s address fell on deaf ears as they started chanting: “We no go gree, we no go gree!” At this juncture, Senator Ngige quickly made to the podium.
Every Government representative that came forward to speak thereafter was booed and they were all guarded out of the Eagle Square, leaving no government official to salute the scanty match past.
Dr. Chris Ngige was on the 7am Radio Nigeria Network news Tuesday Morning