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Anambra NUJ Chairman, Dr Odogwu calls for regulation of state, federal salaries

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~ Accuses firms of enslaving workers

The Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Anambra State Council, Comrade Odogwu Emeka Odogwu PhD, has called for urgent harmonization of salary structures in Nigeria for a better living standard in the country.

He advocated for harmonization of the federal and state government’s salary structures to bridge the gap between federal and state government workers.

Dr Odogwu made the call while addressing newsmen in Awka, the Anambra state capital on the celebration of UN declared International equal pay day for workers.

He said workers under the state civil service are paid below their colleagues at the federal level despite performing similar functions and duties, decrying that workers in some private sector are enslaved.

His words, “It is very appalling that in Nigeria people are taking different salaries. For instance, people working under the federal, state and even the local government are taking different salaries.

“I don’t think it augurs well with workers at the state and council levels, considering the fact that they perfom the same functions and similar duties. They also work under the same economy and shop from the same markets.

“Take a look at the fact that the take home of a director working under federal government is three times more than his colleague in state ministry. Monthly wages of some civil servants in state ministries are laughable, whereas their counterparts at the federal level earn reasonable pay.”

“The worst hit are those under parastatals where someone, after working for so many years, retires without pension and gratuity.”

Condemning the massive exploitation in the private sector, Odogwu said “It is only in the private sector you see a graduate taking home something below minimum wage as monthly salary. Where such employees are paid good salaries, they would ensure they enslave the workers to death.”

Commemorating the 2022 International Equal Pay Day, celebrated 18 September every year, the NUJ chairman urged President Mohammadu Buhari to direct the Salaries and Wages Commission to address the anomaly and set a benchmark for salaries of both the federal, and state workers, even private sector.

He also challenged the Anambra state government to consider looking into the payment at it’s agencies and parastatals as well as improve on the salaries and welfare of workers in the state to get the best out the workforce.

He appealed to private organizations to ensure they pay a reasonable wage to their workers judging by economic situation in the country.

Ifeizu

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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