Ondo lawyer threatens massive protest against governors on minimum wage
An Akure-based human rights activist, Morakinyo Ogele, has vowed to lead a protest against any state government, which refuses to pay N30,000 minimum wage to workers.
He said any state governor who is not ready to pay the N30,000 minimum wage should resign or face mass protest of workers.
In a statement in Akure yesterday, Ogele insisted that the state governors have the capacity to pay the new minimum wage that had since become a controversy.
He lamented that state governments expend money on frivolities such as the Office of the First Lady, which he described as unconstitutional and a waste of states’ funds.
According to him, governors spend one-third of the state allocation, which was supposed to take care of urgent needs of the people, on the office of the First Lady.
Consequently, he threatened to lead a massive protest against the oppression of workers by the governors, giving a seven-day ultimatum to all the governors across the nation.
Ogele, who canvassed eradication of the office, urged the state governors to reduce the number of their aides and other forms of wastages.
“My advice to our governors is that they must re-order their priorities in cutting or reducing wastage and restrain themselves from spending on what is not beneficial to their states.
“I am now making a patriotic call to all workers, students, market women, artisan and farmers to come out en-masse to support the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). I am ready to lead this justifiable revolution against the oppression of governors on the poor masses,” he said.