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FG mulls reversal of Fuel price (PMS) as organized labour mounts pressure

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FG mulls reversal of Fuel price (PMS) as organized labour mounts pressure

The Federal Government may be planning to reverse the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to N160 per litre if the pressure being mounted by the organised Labour on the Federal Government is fruitful.

At the end of the resumed negotiations between government and the labour movement Friday night, the Federal Government indicated willingness to consult widely with the view to reviewing the price downward.

The indication shows that   the new price might be unveiled at the resumed meeting slated for December 7.
The Federal Government said the period between now and then would allow it embark on a wide range consultation over Labour’s request.
Labour had insisted that the pump price must be reviewed downward to N160 before negotiations can proceed on the hike in electricity tariffs and deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who disclosed this at the end of the latest meeting between the Federal Government and organised Labour on the recent increases in the pump price of petrol and electricity tariff, added that the meeting agreed to let the government side consult with their principal and every relevant authority on the request of the Labour
He stated: “The message from the organised Labour is clear; they want a reversal of the pump price of PMS. The parties have agreed to let the government side consult their principal on that. We will consult the President, minister of Petroleum and the Economic Management Team.”
The minister noted that though it was no longer the responsibility of government to fix the pump price of PMS as it had been deregulated, the matter still fell within the realm of the economy.
On the issue of the electricity tariff, Ngige said the committee working on it, headed by the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, already had an interim report and would use the opportunity created by the adjournment of the meeting to undertake field visits to the different Distribution Companies (DisCos) in Nigeria and come back with a more comprehensive report.

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NEF warns Nigerians against stoking religious war with unguarded statements

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The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has asked Nigerians to watch and guard their statements so as to prevent any form of religious war in the country.
This was coming against the backdrop of inflammatory and inciting statements after the Christmas day sermon by fiery Bishop of Sokoto Catholic diocese leading to the issuance of a quit notice on the revered Bishop to leave Sokoto State.

NEF in a statement on Wednesday by its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed warned that Nigeria should not be subjected to further difficult circumstances capable of imposing fear in the mind of citizens.

Baba-Ahmed who expressed worries about certain disturbing comments in the polity, therefore, warned those spreading explosive and inciting statements to check their ways and desist from such acts.

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‘Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts paying off with $2bn earnings annually’

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‘Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts paying off with $2bn earnings annually’

The amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act has increased remittances from the sharing contracts into the federation account from $260 million to $2billion annually, senate President Ahmad Lawan has said

He also vowed that the 9th National Assembly this year will conquer the “demons” frustrating the passage of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in the last fourteen years.

Lawan stated this yesterday while speaking with journalists on his 62 birthday celebration in Abuja.  

He said the patriotic zeal used by the National Assembly in October 2019 to pass an amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act would be deployed for expeditious consideration and passage of the PIB already before it, latest by the end of first quarter of this year.

“PIB is like a demon. People both within and outside the country are ready to work against it as they have been doing for the past fourteen years but the 9th Senate and by extension, 9th National Assembly will defeat the demon with the current bill before both Chambers.

“The patriotic zeal, sheer determination and unity of purpose by all serving senators across party lines to do this latest by the end of first quarter of this year will be deployed on the bill immediately the Senate resumes on 26th of this month the way it did with Deep Offshore Oil Production Sharing Contracts,” he said.

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Apparently piqued by the dangerous dimension in misinterpretation of the Christmas message by Bishop Hassan Kukah to fan the embers of disunity, the Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC) has warned Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) to think about the consequences of their utterances.

They also warned other groups and individuals hiding under the Christmas homily of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, to stop the incitment before the danger starts manifesting beyond what they can imagine.

The National youth leader of CNNC, David Kadzai, who spoke in Yola said that it was unfortunate that some agents of violence were turning the Christmas homily of Kukah upside down to serve their selfish purposes.

“If criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is an attack on Islam, it means that Buhari, JNI and other Muslim faithful were attacking Christianity when they were criticising former President Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.

According to the youth leader, Kukah raised issues of nepotism, insecurity and lopsided appointments by Buhari’s administration, but his critics are not defending those allegations, since they have no defence.

“I want those behaving as if they are landlords and other Nigerians are tenants to know that the country belongs to all of us and nobody has monopoly of demeaning other Nigerians hiding under religion,” he maintained.

The group called on other religious leaders in the country to come out and speak on the challenges facing Nigeria as a result of bad governance.

It noted that the country was drifting to dangerous course due to unfocused leadership dominated by people without direction.

“I advise people to stop behaving like King Pharaoh of Egypt that was disrespecting the servants of God that were speaking to him to change from maltreatment of Israelites, but he refused to listen and was disgraced,” Kadzai added.






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