The Joint Kwara Labour Congress, today in Ilorin, staged a peaceful protest on the delay by the Federal Government to implement the thirty thousand naira minimum wage demanded by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
The workers in their hundreds joined the protest and marched through major streets in the metropolis, thereby causing a gridlock on major highways. The NLC chairman, Kwara chapter, Mr Yekini Agunbiade in his address to workers and government representatives, said it is evil to work more and earn less, adding that Nigeria workers deserve better treatment.
The Kwara Head of Service (HOS), Mrs Modupe Oluwole, assured the protesters of better service condition for civil servants in the state. She said Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of the state would fight for the workers and speak in support of minimum wage.
The NLC also protested in Lagos and Owerri states. The protesters were seen sharing fliers to passer-by. The flier, which is titled, National Day of Mourning and Outrage, said the Organised Labour was in mourning and outrage because they receive the lowest salary in the world, while government officials including the president, governors, legislators, ministers are among the highest paid in the world.