- Frowns at FG over N18 minimum wage
Members of the Nigerian Union of journalists, Delta state chapter have commended the executive governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for his widespread infrastructural development in the state, just as the union lambasted federal government of inability to curb orgy of bloodbath with mass killings carried out by Fulani herdsmen. Congress also frowned at federal government of turning civil servants to beggars in the country by continually paying a paltry N18,000 minimum wage .
The journalists made this disclosure in a communiqué signed by the Delta state NUJ Chairman, Michael Ikeogwu and Churchill Oyowe State Secretary respectively at the end of state congress held at Asaba capital of Delta state, stated ‘‘The Congress deliberated on sundry issues affecting the Union, Delta State and the nation at large, where the follow resolutions were reached. The Congress thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State for putting an end to the Union’s land litigation and stressed the need for the state government to facilitate the completion of the Secretariat project of the union.. The Congress commended the Delta State Government on the hosting right of the 2018 Senior Africa Athletics (CAA) Championship slated for early August this year and for also transforming the Stephen Keshi Stadium into a world class sporting facility.
‘‘ The Congress also commended the Delta State Government for the massive construction work going on simultaneously in different parts of the state, particularly the Asaba water storm and flood control projects and appealed for speedy completion of the projects to reduce the inconveniences faced by residents and road users. The Congress appreciated the place of diverse views in enhancing development and democratic tenets and advised the Delta State Government to continue to be open to constructive criticism. The Congress viewed the continued stay of the N18,000 minimum wage as the perpetration of poverty in the country.’’
It said that further delay and polarizing of the increment of the minimum wage to N65,500 as requested by labour would be the height of insensitivity by the leadership of the country. It therefore urged the Federal Government to implement the expected new minimum wage by the end of the third quarter of this year as agreed with labour to alleviate the suffering of workers and Nigerians.
The Congress equally called on the country’s leadership to put an end to the incessant killings by herdsmen and fast tract the prosecution of arrested killer herdsmen to act as deterrent to others. The Congress also decried the harrowing experience faced by citizens of Delta State and parts of the country, in the hands of Officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, and condemned in the strongest terms continued intimidation, extortion and harassment of citizens on the highways. It therefore, reminded the Inspector General of Police and Corps Marshall of the FRSC on the urgent need to depeen efforts in their primary resonsibility of protecting life and property and enforcing road safety.
The Congress called on Deltans and residents in the Delta State, and indeed Nigerians to collect their permanent voter cards (PVC) and vote wisely in the 2019 general elections as well as urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sensitize the people through the print, electronic, social media, town criers and fliers and posters on the need for them to collect their PVC’s.
On the 2019 general elections, the Congress called all Nigerians to vote only for candidates disposed to restructuring of the country that will bring about true fiscal federalism and the practice of the rule of law. It similarly urged Nigerians to ensure that policians seeking re-election are considered based on their track record of performance and public trust. The congress praised the initiative of the Nigerian Senate to amend the Nigerian Police Force Act and urged it to pursue the State/Community Policing Bill to its logical conclusion