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Group predicts Bello will lose 2019 election if he fails to pay workers salary

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Group predicts Bello will lose 2019 election if he fails to pay workers salary

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and his co travellers may be stranded at the close of their first tenure if all sundry issues around the workers and their salary arrears are left unresolved, movement for the Emancipation of Kogi State has warned.
The group called on Bello to take urgent step in ensuring quick resolution of the lingering government/labour impasse that has crippled economic activities in the state.
This is coming just as the organized labour in the State has called on civil servants to begin a 3-day corporate prayers with fasting from Wednesday, October 11.
They urged Kogi workers to observe the 3-day fasting and prayers in their respective estates, settlements and villages from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th October 2017 as from 10.00 am each day.
In a statement jointly signed by the President of the group, Alhaji Yakubu Asipita and Secretary, Mr Bodunrin Olufemi, the group lamented that the continued silence of the state government over the current strike action by organised labour in the state is a neglect of government’s primary responsibility.
“The government should take its destiny in its hand by resolving all issues relating to salaries of workers because the Governor and his group would be left with no goodwill to seek reelection if all sundry issues are left unresolved.”
The State had been grounded by the industrial action embarked upon by the organized labour since Sept. 22 to Press home their demands for the payment of their salary arrears, leave bonus arrears and cash backing for promotions among others.

According to the statement “All government health centres and public secondary schools have remained closed for three weeks running and government do not seem to be bothered about the untold hardship that the citizens are currently going through.

The group pointed out that the already economic-beaten people of the state are finding it difficult to access basic health services as their children are thrown out of schools, wondering “if officials of this government would have maintained sealed lips if their children are directly involved”
The group also called on the state government to set up negotiating team immediately to dialogue with labour with a view to resolving the impasse.
The statement however took a swipe at the political leaders of the state who are busy strategising for 2019 elections while the would-be electorate are dying of treatable diseases.
They also called on traditional rulers to rise to defend their subjects by telling the truth to this government to be more humane in handling the affairs of the people of Kogi State.
The group however called on the organised labour to show concern for the suffering masses by not insisting that all their demands be met before calling off the strike.

The labour leaders in their directives asked all Muslims yo pray in their respective Mosques during the Juma’at Prayer, on Friday 13th October 2017, while Christians are to do the same on Sunday 15thOctober 2017 in their respective Churches during the Sunday Service.

They asked all that have received the so-called balance of July salary to be benevolent to those that have been without salary all these while, even though it is not sufficient.
“You are advised that in your spending, let emphasis be on food as salary payment is not yet guaranteed in this state.
“Workers who are fond of being used to lure others to offices through text messages and phone calls are advised to desist henceforth, as their contacts will soon be made public as saboteurs, the statement read in parts.”
The Labour union urged workers to stay away from government offices as the strike continue indefinitely.

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FG declares its readiness to deploy 5G network after precautionary measures

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By Aminci Audu

The minister of communications and Digital Economy Isah Ali Pantami has declared that Nigeria is ready for 5th Generation Network (5G) as long as the major challenges are taken care of.

Pantami spoke yesterday, at a one day investigative hearing on the present status of 5G network organised by the joint Senate committee on communication, sScience and Technology, ICT and Cybercrime and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases.

The minister in his presentation allayed the fear among Nigerians over the planned deployment of the network saying the Federal Government has taken all necessary precautions by investigating through research and trial on all issues raised.

He said “The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges.”

“We have not gotten there, wether we will deploy 5G but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.”

He noted that so far no negative impacts has been established from the research and trial carried both locally and at the international level. 

On the speculation that the 5G network escalated the COVID-19 he said there is no link between 5G and COVID-19.
“And there is no relationship between 5G and any desease. The only issue being raised usually is about radiation.  But people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G. 
“The radiation of microwave oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G. The radiation of even the smart phone itself is even more harmful that that of 5G

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SELF backs Sylva over choice of Saipem on Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract

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The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has faulted allegations of wrong doing leveled against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva over the choice of Saipem, an Italian firm to handle the Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

SELF position was in response to an online publication which accused the duo of bribe taking running into millions of naira in the deal.

SELF warned the publisher of the medium , Mr Jackson Ude, to desist from blackmailing leaders of the South-south extraction in a bid to score political goals.

Urging the Publisher of the online medium to show proof his allegation, SELF noted: “We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by Pointblanknews.com and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations.

“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom


It was a great relief for journalists, family members, friends and well wishers when the news filtered in that the Punch Newspapers reporter, Victor Okechukwu Nnodim who was kidnapped from his residence in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council on Thursday has regained freedom.

He was released almost 48hours hours after his abduction alongside two other neighbours who were also abducted.
It was gathered early hours of Sunday that he has been released and in high spirits.

The media world was jolted by the news of his abduction, as many turned prayer warriors supplicating for his freedom without any harm

His abductors, NationaUpdate learnt later communicated with his elder sister who resides in Lagos demanding for N10 million.

At the time of this report it could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom, but colleagues made efforts to contributed money towards his release, when it became obvious that the kidnappers were bent on collecting ransom.

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