June 5, 2024

Minimum wage: Labour Unions acting like they’re from the moon — Osita Okechukwu

Minimum Wage: No strike tomorrow, says Labour

Joe Ajaero, NLC President

Former Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu said the Organized Labour are acting like they are from the moon with their demand for a 

Okechukwu stated this in an interview with Arise Television on Wednesday.

The former DG stressed on the critical need for the government to prioritise housing for Nigerian workers.

Okechukwu, who aligned with labour concerns about hardships and declining standards of living, cautioned against injecting more cash into the economy.

He stated, “Labour is acting like they are coming from the moon,” as he warned of potential repercussions on purchasing power parity.

He advocated for additional measures to address housing deficits, emphasising, “There is a missing point, which is the national housing point,” and citing constitutional provisions and international conventions recognising shelter as a fundamental human right.

Highlighting the need for nuanced policy approaches tailored to local contexts, Okechukwu stressed the importance of considering demographics and regional disparities in economic conditions, stating, “The mistake of Nigeria is that we do not consider the demographics and the differential of the conditions from one state to the other.”

While acknowledging the hardships faced by workers, Okechukwu urged comprehensive government investments in sectors like agriculture and infrastructure, asserting, “Government is not insensitive to the plight of the people,” and calling for a balanced approach to address the root causes of economic challenges.

He concluded by emphasising the importance of addressing housing needs as a fundamental aspect of improving the livelihoods of Nigerian workers.

Okechukwu called for concerted efforts from both the government and stakeholders to implement effective policies and programmes to alleviate housing challenges across the country.