Senate implores FG to repatriate displaced Ogun State residents in Benin Republic

Senate implores FG to repatriate displaced Ogun State residents in Benin Republic

The Senate on Wednesday, March 10, asked the Federal Government to direct officials of the National Emergency Management Agency and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs; to bring back the people of Yewa in Ogun State who had relocated to the Republic of Benin; following incessant herdsmen attacks on their communities.

The Senate resolution was a sequel to a point of order raised by the Senator representing Ogun West, Tolu Odebiyi.

Also, the Senate mandated relevant security agencies to restore law and order in the troubled communities.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday, March 10, staged a protest at the National Assembly complex; rejecting a bill seeking to move the national minimum wage from the exclusive list to the concurrent list.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba in the company of leaders of other affiliate unions; while presenting a petition on the bill said the bill was anti-labour laws and against the interest of Nigerian workers.

1st News had reported that the bill in contention had passed first reading in the House of Representatives.

Wabba said the national minimum wage was not a Nigerian standard; but an international standard; noting that 26 countries of the world have minimum wage; as part of their exclusive list including the U.S.

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He said the current national minimum wage was negotiated with all stakeholders; including the state governments before it became law.

He said the NLC would resist any move to deny Nigerians in the state and local governments payment of minimum wage.

Responding, Deputy Chief Whip of Senate ,Sen. Sabi Abdullahi (APC-Niger) said the Senate would stand with Nigerian workers as it had always done.

He said it was not possible for any one to pass a bill that would affect the interest of Nigerian workers; given the practice of democracy in Nigeria.

Abdulahi said the senate was representing the interest of Nigerian workers; and hence takes the payment of salaries of workers seriously.

He also said the NLC had made their point by staging the protest; noting that the senate would stand by the workers to protect their rights and Privileges.

He said the senate would ensure that justice was done to the petition presented by NLC on the issue.

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