The Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Ekiti State Branch, Olatunde Kolapo, has urged the outgoing governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to pay part of the outstanding salaries and deductions of workers before he would hand over to his successor in October.
The state NLC chairman, who spoke in an interview with newsmen on Saturday, said, “Fayemi government started on a very good note with a brilliant promise. During his visit to NLC, he actually promised that he would defray all the arrears of salaries within a year.”
He maintained, “If we want to holistically x-ray him, we discover that there was COVID in 2020 and 2021. One thing I know about Fayemi is that throughout that period, he was transparent to us – what comes in, what goes out and precisely, his second year in office, the minimum wage came in and we set up our committee to do the negotiation.”
He noted, “However, it was not possible by him. The excuse he keeps giving is that it was due to the COVID and everybody could see. But from the labour side, we have the opinion that even as he is going, even if he cannot achieve all these things, let minimum wage cut across.”
He added, “It has got to Level 14 now; it remains levels 15, 16 and 17. I strongly believe he can do this before he leaves office so that the incoming government will now be discussing how implementation will be possible.”
He stated, “He still has less than a month in office, he is still promising that part of the deductions and part of the arrears would be defrayed and we are still hopeful, mirroring from the fact that the last federal allocation was on the high side than before.”