Protesting workers crippled commercial activities in most parts of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, over the decentralization of minimum wage bill.

In Lagos, protesting workers, who gathered under the Ikeja Bridge as early as 8 am, marched through the ever busy Awowolo Way to the State House of Assembly at Alausa, causing heavy gridlock along the road and other adjoining roads and streets.

They displayed several placards and chanted songs rejecting the bill. They also laid siege to the governor’s office to prevent him from accessing it.

In Ekiti, activities at the Ekiti State House of Assembly were shut down for over three hours as aggrieved workers stormed the assembly over the contentious bill.

Similarly, lawmakers in Ondo and Oyo states assured workers and leaders of Organised labour that they would reject the bill whenever it was brought before them.

Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, gave the assurance in Akure while receiving a protest letter from the labour leaders, led by the NLC state chairman, Sunday Adeleye.

The protest had crippled commercial activities, as the workers marched through the major roads and streets in Akure enroute the State House of Assembly.

Similarly, Oyo State House of Assembly said the bill would not fly in its hallowed chambers, according to the deputy speaker of the Assembly, Abiodun Fadeyi.
He gave the assurance while receiving NLC and TUC members, led by their state chairmen who stormed the Assembly complex in protest against the bill.

In Uyo, protesting workers advised members of NASS from the state not to support the removal of the minimum wage from the exclusive list.

The NLC state chairman, Sunny James, who spoke during the protest yesterday, threatened that any of the federal Lawmakers that voted in support of the bill would be recalled.

Also, protesting workers in Niger State were given the assurance by the leadership of the state assembly that the bill would not see the light of day in the assembly.

The protest took the workers to the Niger State House of Assembly from the Labour House along IBB road, led by the NLC chairman in the state, Yakubu Garba.

Similarly, organized labour in Taraba State said the moves to expunge the national minimum wage from the exclusive to the concurrent legislative list was a ploy to frustrate the full implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage.

State chairman of NLC, Peter Jediel, in a protest letter submitted at Taraba State House of Assembly, noted that such move would be resisted by the workers.

Similar protest took place in Kaduna, Zamfara, Kano, Nasarawa, Yobe, Sokoto among other states.


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