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  • Politics - Lagos
  • Updated: May 29, 2024

LP calls for urgent action from Sanwo-Olu on socio-economic issues

LP calls for urgent action from Sanwo-Olu on socio-economic

The state Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Olubunmi Odesanya, has appealed for urgent action from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as he marks the first anniversary of his second tenure.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Wednesday in Lagos, Odesanya emphasized the need for the governor to address the prevailing socio-economic challenges faced by residents of the state.

Odesanya expressed concern over the difficulties encountered by the masses, including workers, in meeting their daily needs and urged the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to consider the plight of workers in its proposals for the minimum wage.

She stressed the importance of implementing a living wage that takes into account the socio-economic realities faced by workers.

Odesanya highlighted the upcoming review of the minimum wage, which is scheduled for 2024 according to the agreed and documented Labour Law.

She noted that while such a review should not ordinarily cause significant apprehension, the current challenges facing the country have amplified concerns surrounding it.

The LP chieftain said there was an urgent need for the Federal Government and the state government to give a living wage to the workers that “lay the golden egg”.

She said that the immediate removal of the fuel subsidy by the Federal Government drove the prices of goods and services to a high level.

“In Nigeria today, there is no middle class anymore, you are either extremely poor or super rich. Inflation rate is high,” she said.

The LP spokesperson, however, decried the current back-and-forth battle between the Federal Government and organised labour on the minimum wage.

“The government needs to propose a minimum wage that takes cognisance of the current economic realities,” she said.

Odesanya added that the Federal Government should block wastages in government, stop corruption and cut down on the salaries of federal lawmakers.

Organised labour on Tuesday walked out of the Tripartite Committee meeting on Minimum Wage after the federal government increased its offer to N60,000.

The government and the OPS had initially proposed ₦48,000, ₦54,000 and N60,000, which were also rejected by the organised labour.

Organised labour had also presented ₦615,000 as the new minimum wage but saw reasons to drop their demand to ₦497,000 and then to ₦494,000.

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