Plans are being intensified by the Nigeria Labour Congress in Akwa Ibom State to embark on an indefinite industrial action, to drive home their demand for the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, since April, 18 2019.
The National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Akwa Ibom chapter has also concluded plans to go on labour strike if the state government proceeds in their effort to frustrate the federal government's decision to grant full financial autonomy to local governments in the federation.
An executive officer of the state NLC who confided in our correspondent said the umbrella organization of workers would stage a demonstration in an undisclosed location and also address a world press in the state soon.
The activist who works with the state secondary education board described the state government's attitude as hypocritical and counter- productive, wondered why Governor Udom Emmanuel who boasted before his election that he will be among the first to pay the minimum wage finds it difficult to fulfil his promise after his re-election.
Our correspondent gathered that staff of local government are set to shut down Local Government Councils if the state does not pay arrears of the minimum wage from April, when Buhari signed and approved the payment.
A former NULGE Chairman from Uyo Local Government Area, Ededem Asuquo, in a chat with our correspondent said it would be better for the state government to pay now, than to pile the arrears as debts.
He maintained that Udom promised to effect payment during the heat of his campaign just to win the heart of workers to re-elect him but after the election, he is reluctant to pay.