- NLC and TUC protesters who are declaring war over the proposed removal of the minimum wage from the exclusive made a very clear statement with their actions on Wednesday, March 10
- The protesters took their grievances to the entrance of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's office
- The unionists blocked the entrance of the governor's office as a way of insisting on their rejection of the planned move
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The entrance to the building of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's office in Marina, Lagos, was on Wednesday, March 10, blocked by protesting members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).
The unionists are kicking against the planned removal of the minimum wage from the exclusive list to the concurrent list, Punch reports.
Following the activities of the protesters, there is gridlock around Alausa secretariat, Ikeja, Allen Junction, Ogba, and Agindingbi areas of the state.
Earlier, the leadership of the NLC led thousands of workers to the National Assembly to protest against plans to amend the national minimum wage act.
Some of the protesters spotted by Legit.ng via social media carried placards with inscriptions such as: “On National Minimum Wage We Stand,” “No To Minimum Wage on Concurrent List” and “Yes To Minimum Wage on Exclusive List.”
Shortly before proceeding to the NASS, NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba addressed the workers.
According to him, minimum wage issues are not to be toyed with, insisting that workers who generated the wealth of the nation, deserve a fair minimum wage.
The protests were also taking place in Lagos and other cities of the federation.
Meanwhile, the NLC instructed its members to embark on immediate industrial action. The National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC called the refusal of state governments to pay the new national minimum wage an act of criminality.
Speaking on the continual hikes in electricity tariff, the NEC resolved that government must immediately address the conditions within its control that were driving up electricity tariff in Nigeria.
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.