Factions of the labour movement held parallel Workers’ Day celebrations in Ibadan on Tuesday.
While the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) held its own rally at the Lekan Salami Stadium at Adamasingba, Ibadan, a faction, the United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC) held its own at Independent Petroleum Marketers building (IPMAN house), Apata in Ibadan.
The ULC in its seven point demands read by the State Secretary, Comrade Adejoke Oyeleke on behalf of their State Acting Chairman, Comrade Leye Olayemi, called on the Federal Government to review privatisation of electricity sector, just as they reiterated the call for N108,000 minimum wage in view of the trending global economic realities.
The National President of ULC, Joe Ajaero, advised the government to ensure that the fight against corruption is redefined, deepened, transparent and accountable for the quantum of total fund recovered so far.
On the other hand , the NLC State chairman, Comrade Waheed Olojede who read the speech of the national president of the Union, Comrade Ayuba Wabba urged federal government to address the disparity between the remuneration of political office holders and other workers in the public sector.
He also said it would be helpful if the federal government can be transparent about it’s fight against corruption.
He said: “The fight against corruption is a collective battle and has to be transparent. Corrupt persons in and outside government must be dutifully traced and diligently prosecuted. This needs a reformed judiciary. Recovered looted funds must be transparently accounted for and utilised to revitalise the economy and attend to the welfare of citizens.
“As a country, we must address the disparity between the remuneration of political office holders and other workers in the public sector. It is also important that we tackle the wide gap between actual budget appropriation and releases.”