The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, says the prices of goods and services in the country have skyrocketed, yet the wages of workers have remained the same.
Oshiomhole said this on Thursday in Abuja at a reception in honour of the director-general, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder.
He said, “We have to do things differently about minimum wage. ”
“So if every other costs are changing, and labour cost is constant…, somebody is being squeezed,” he said.
“Rising crises, stagnant wages, a very miserable lifestyle, and you have to fight for that.
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“And we now see in Nigeria the difference between signing an agreement and the challenge of translating those laws, and even the contradiction of signing laws first before getting consultants to tell us how to implement these laws.
“Just to tell you that from inside, I am much more convinced that unions should not only exist but should have the capacity and ruthlessly deploy that capacity to ensure that the resources of states are dissipated in favour of working people and working families,” the former NLC president said.
The former Edo state governor noted that apart from Youth Employment and Social Justice, ILO should also be focusing on the ageing population and underemployment of young persons.
“With a population at 3 per cent, poverty must be endemic, it is not rocket science, so we need to have conversations on various aspects of society, particularly at what we do differently to get the youth busy,” he said.