Wed, Oct 04, 2023

Labour disagrees with Ngige over protests at rally, says 'we're tired of failed promises'

Labour disagrees with Ngige over protests at rally, says 'we're tired of failed promises'

The President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, and his counterpart, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Kagama, have disagreed with Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment over what led to the disruption of the May Day rally at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Monday.

They said that Nigerian workers expressed anger and disappointment on the non-implementation of the minimum wage thereby disrupting the 2017 May Day celebration.

According to them, workers expressed their sadness, challenges, as many of them have not earn their salaries, so it is a demonstration of anger on the situation in the country.

“The challenges workers are passing through are enormous, workers have expected that either the President or the Vice President would have been present to respond to workers yearning and anticipation.

“Workers attitude today have shown that it is an accumulation of anger, and that the economic situation is biting very hard on them as many of them cannot pay their bills.”

The Labour leaders said that there was no infiltration of the venue by non workers as claimed by the minister but what played out was an accumulation of grievances against the government.

Asaba Lydia, a member of the Nigeria Civil Service Union said the workers were taken for granted by the government thus the reason for sending representatives rather than coming themselves.

“A day such as this, the government could not even honour workers by attending the event themselves, if the President is not available what about the Vice President?

“We have tried to follow the norm as workers and it has not worked so now we are saying we are tired of failed promises, enough is enough ‘’





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