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By: Ade Adeleke
Workers and labour leaders in Ondo state on Thursday elected Comrade Sunday Adeleye has the new Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state.
Comrade Adeleye was elected unopposed while seven other new officers were elected into the positions of two Vice Chairmen, Treasurer, two Auditor and two ex-officio.
The officers elected unopposed are: Vice Chairmen- Victor Amoko and Ekehinde Festus, Treasurer – Kikelomo Iyiola, Auditors are Festus Sado and Abimbola Oyewole.
In an acceptance speech, the new NLC chairman who took over from Comrade Tayo Ogunleye, promised to ensure the implementation of the new minimum wage for Ondo state workers as approved the National Assembly.
Adeleye said labour unions in Ondo state would start negotiations for the payment of the new minimum wage as soon as the National Income, salary and wages Commission (NISWC) releases the template for the new take home.
“Everything about labour Unionism is challenging and we shall make welfare of the state workforce a priority; on the new minimum wage, we commence negotiations in our state here whenever the National salary commission comes up with template”.
The NLC Chairman expressed satisfaction with attitude of the present administration of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for not owing workers’ salaries since he assumed office in February 2017.
“Not that am praising the governor, he has kept his promise of not owing salaries. He has been paying and even cleared the arrears of salaries owed by the past administration. We believe that the governor will approve the outstanding requests (2018 leave bonus and January 2017 salary arrear) of the workers”
Swearing-in the new exco, the President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba represented by the ASUU National President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi said the newly passed minimum wage could not be properly enjoyed by workers due to high cost of living.
In a message, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu represented by the Head of Service, Mr Toyin Akinkuotu declared that his administration would support the implementation of the new minimum wage.
Akeredolu however pleaded with the federal government to urgently review the revenue formula to enable state and local governments in the Country to pay the new wage.
Akeredolu said, “We are not against the new minimum wage and if we are not against it, we are in support. Our prayer is that federal government should look into the revenue allocation Sharing formula, by giving more money to states and local governments to enable them implement the new minimum wage”.
While congratulating the new NLC Executives, the Governor who commended the organised and peaceful conduct of the election and advised workers to cooperate with the new executive to protect their interest always.