The Làbour House in Oyo State is divided against itself, resulting in two parallel May Day celebratiions in the state, namely the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and a rival United Labour Congress (ULC).
While NLC held its celebration at the mainbowl of the Lekan Salami stadium, Adamasingba Stadium, that of the ULC was staged at Independent Petroleum Marketers building (IPMAN house), Apata, both in Ibadan, the state capital.
The ULC which is the faction of the labour union comprises members in the banking sector (NUBIFIE); Electricity distribution (NUEE); and several others.
In their seven-point demand read by the National Welfare Officer of NUPENG, Comrade Adejoke Oyeleke on behalf of their State Acting Chairman, Comrade Leye Olayemi, ULC called on the Federal Government to review privatisation of electricity sector, just as they reiterated the ULC call for N108,000 minimum wage in view of the trending global economic realities.
The ULC in the speech sent by its National President Joe Ajaero also advised the government to ensure that the fight against corruption should be redefined, deepenend, transparent and accountable for the quantum of total fund recovered so far.
The NLC State chairman, 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.
The NLC stated: “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,” NLC Stated.