The Nigerian Labour Congress Chairman in Cross River State, Comrade Ben Ukpepi, yesterday, said that the 30,000 national minimum wage given to Nigerian workers was no longer sufficient for them to take home.
He had said this at the commemoration of the 2021 International Day for Decent Working Environment in Calabar which had as its theme; "Just Jobs."
“Today in Cross River, we are marking the World Decent Work Day as a result of the growing trend of huge deficit of decent work in our society," he had said.
“We see this every day in the state in the ‘casualization’ of workers, retirement without a gratuity, promotion without implementation and a dilapidated working environment."
Ukpepi further explained that the conditions in Nigerian working environments are dwindling in efficiency and decency, thereby posing a problem that needs solutions.
He took the opportunity to call on the federal and state governments to enforce that suitable jobs with decent wages are provided to accommodate the growing nation's population, most primarily the youths, so that these youths do not become pawns in the hands of "power-thirsty" politicians.
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