Friday, December 4, 2020

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Chapter has lauded the Federal and State Government for implementing the new minimum wage.

This is contained in a workers day message signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Ademola Babalola and made available to newsmen on Friday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigerian workers had adopted virtual celebration  as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“Many grounds have been lost and yet to cover by the Federal and State Governments since the last celebration.

“A year ago, we clamoured for the implementation of new minimum wage and same has been approved for Nigerian Workers. Kudos to both the Federal and State Governments,” he said.

Babalola lamented the meagre salaries earned by its members working with private media establishment, adding their salaries have been slashed by at least 50 percent since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

“While colleagues in the government owned media establishments are savouring the little increase in their monthly pay, many of us in the private establishments continue to groan in silence.

“Their meagre salaries have either been slashed by at least 50% since the outbreak of pandemic about two months ago in Nigeria, or not paid at all for several months by our employers,” the union said.

He said that members of the union needed to think out of the box and venture into other areas for survival possibly agriculture or agribusiness.

The NUJ Chairman said that the union was already talking to some leaders to secure CBN soft loans for members to do business of their choice to augment the miserable salaries of yore.

Babalola rejoiced with workers on the celebration, urging them to celebrate with their families and keep safe at all times.

“It is a day of mixed feelings, devoid of fun and usual hilarious get together because of the ongoing pandemic.

“May God keep and grant us the grace to celebrate many more lofty years ahead, amen,” .

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