Workers and labour leaders in Ondo state on Thursday elected Comrade Sunday Adeleye as the new Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state.
Comrade Adeleye was elected unopposed while seven other new officers were elected into the positions of two Vice Chairmen, Treasurer, two Auditor and two ex-officio.
The officers elected unopposed are: Vice Chairmen- Victor Amoko and Ekehinde Festus, Treasurer – Kikelomo Iyiola, Auditors are Festus Sado and Abimbola Oyewole, ex-officio Sanusi Adewale and Sunday Akinzue.
In his acceptance speech, the new NLC chairman who took over from Comrade Tayo Ogunleye, promised to ensure the implementation of the new minimum wage for Ondo state workers as approved the National Assembly.
Adeleye said labour unions in Ondo state would start negotiations for the payment of the new minimum wage as soon as the National Income, salary and wages Commission (NISWC) releases the template for the new take home.
“Everything about labour Unionism is challenging and we shall make welfare of the state workforce a priority; on the new minimum wage, we commence negotiations in our state here whenever the National salary commission comes up with template”.
The NLC Chairman expressed satisfaction with attitude of the present administration of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for not owing workers’ salaries since he assumed office in February 2017.
“Not that am praising the governor, he has kept his promise of not owing salaries. He has been paying and even cleared the arrears of salaries owed by the past administration. We believe that the governor will approve the outstanding requests (2018 leave bonus and January 2017 salary arrear) of the workers”
Swearing-in the new exco, the President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba represented by the ASUU National President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi said the newly passed minimum wage could not be properly enjoyed by workers due to high cost of living and urged the new labour leaders to always fight for workers welfare.