Twenty four hours after embarking on a nation-wide sensitisation protest, the Benue chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) president, Godwin Anya, has revealed why it could not lead the protest in the state on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Speaking with The Punch, Anya said his inability to involve in the protest was because of the attack on him by the robbers, who shot his wife and left his neighbours in serious panic.
We had earlier reported that NLC would be holding a nationwide protest to register its displeasure on the way the N30,000 minimum wage demand was being handled by the government.
Narrating he how the incident occurred, which peradventure denied him the participation, the Benue labour leader revealed that he travelled to his village in Ushongo to celebrate Christmas and New Year.
According to him, armed robbers numbering five burst in at 12 midnight, carting away money meant for his children’s school fees.
He said: “They led me to the bedroom and collected over N750,000 meant for my children’s school fees and all our handsets. I have reported the incident to the Ushongo divisional police officer.”
Meanwhile, we previously reported the federal government was to resume its meeting with the leadership of the organised labour in Abuja in a bid to avoid a planned nationwide strike by the unions on January 8, over the new minimum wage.
The government’s meeting with labour was scheduled for Monday, January 7, after talks the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, had with the unions on January 4, failed to reach a conclusion.