June 11, 2024

Minimum Wage: Northern group flays NLC remarks on Akume



By Ibrahim Hassan-Wuyo

Northern Coalition for Democracy and Good Governance (NOCODGOG )has flayed the remarks credited to the Nigerian Labour Congress on the personality of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr George Akume when he said he could not afford to pay each of his four drivers N100, 000 monthly salary.

The Nigerian Labour Congress had reacted that, it was “disheartening” that the SGF, a high-ranking government official would make such a statement against the genuine grievances of Nigerian workers.

However, the Northern group in a statement signed by Comrade Abdullahi Baffa Ringim and Comrade Andrew Bartholomew Rufus, said the NLC’s reaction was inconsiderate to the personality of someone, who was a former Governor; former Senator and the current SGF.

“We know Akume as a patriot and a sensitive Nigerian, who considers the reality on the ground rather than playing to the gallery. He was just being honest by making such a statement over a lingering matter of minimum wage for workers. The statement Akume made was because he didn’t steal public funds while in positions of authority held over the years.”

“We make bold to say , Akume not among those who loot our treasury around the country, those who diverted public resources meant for hospitals and schools, padded budgets and inflated contracts including those who steal trillions of naira in the name of subsidy are the real economic saboteurs who commit treasonable felony.”

While stating that the SGF is not one of those NLCs described as people paying personal staff “starvation wages”, the group said consideration must be given to the background of leaders to conclude.

“The SGF during his days as Governor of Benue State was not only committed to regular payment of workers but was also an advocate of their rights and welfare,” the statement added.