The Edo State governor and former Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) boss was speaking at a conference titled The Podium which was co-organized by The Kukah Centre and Ford Foundation in Abuja on Wednesday 10 August 2016.
"Activism is not synonymous with being progressive. I believe we should all be idealistic and not dismiss the possibility of an ideal society. One man’s idealism is another man’s reality. Wages paid to people is not burden.
"In Edo we increased it to 38 per cent and I’m proud to still pay before the last day of every month.
"We respect the autonomy of the Local Government but we insisted that if they cannot do environmental sanitation, waste management, grading rural roads, cleaning up the market at least you must pay the teachers’ salaries.
"So I am not responsible for non-payment at that level. Non-payment of wages is a criminal breach in the law of contract.
"You can pay daily, weekly, monthly but not in excess of 30 days, you are breaching the agreement.
“I have been militant, will remain a militant and retire a militant not with guns. I don’t burst pipelines but we must react to sayings like the ‘if you can’t beat them join them’."