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Kogi labour leaders, former AG Gov express fear, more Kogi workers may commit suicide

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The organized labour in Kogi State has cited the unfortunate case of suicide committed by Mr Edward Soje, a Director with the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, as watershed to the untold hardship the workers of the state were going through in the hands of Yahaya Bello-led administration.
A former acting Governor Clarence Olafemi has expressed the fear that more Kogi civil servants may commit suicide based on the humiliation the non payment of salary has subject them to.
Reports in the dailies had indicated that a worker in the State terminated his own life because he could no longer bear the burden of catering for the gift triplets delivered by her wife after the Government withheld his 11 months salary arrears.
Even the blessing of the triplets after 17 years of childlessness that could have been a source of joy and celebration by the family rather aggravated his burden when he could not raise the needed funds to offset the hospital bills.
The organised labour in the State therefore sent a renewed ‘Save Our Souls’ message to the Federal Government to declare Kogi State a disaster zone owing to the non-payment of salaries by the state government which has resulted to so many deaths.
The Secretaries of the state chapters of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Olakunle Faniyi, Trade Union Congress, James Kolawole and their Joint Public Service Negotiating Council counterpart, Comrade Isa Abubakar made the appeal in a statement in Lokoja.
The organised labour said their earlier call on the Federal Government to treat Kogi workers as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and to send relief materials to them was borne out of the deplorable situation of the workers as a result of non-payment of their salaries between a period of three to twenty-two months.
The labour maintained that the decision taken by the civil servant to end his life in such a tragic manner after he had sold all the property he laboured for due to non-payment of his salaries for eleven months is a true reflection of the agony Kogi workers were going through in the hands of Yahaya Bello administration.
“It is therefore unfortunate and ridiculous that the government which has caused monumental pains to the civil servants and their relations could commit the very scarce resources of the state in buying over 143 pages (so far) of the Leadership newspaper of October 19th and 20th 2017 editions to mislead the reading public that his government is not owing salaries of civil servants.
“Aside the fact that the majority of our workers have salary arrears of between three to twenty-two months, the state government under Yahaya Bello has further endangered the lives of the people through the bogus money it has published against people’s name as salaries and wages paid to them.”
They cited the security implication of that very wrong step of Governor Yahaya Bello as criminals could get hold of the document and begin to trace the very workers whose names government published for harm.
The organised labour, said they find it difficult to place the faith of the Government officials who are constantly feeding the public with lies in order to deceive them when the truth of the matter is that Kogi State civil servants and pensioners are dying of starvation and treatable diseases.
They pointed out that the workers are walking the street of Lokoja as beggars because their salaries and allowances have not been paid for a period of three to twenty-two months by the government of Yahaya Bello.
“Once again, the organised labour wish to let the reading public know that the leadership of NLC, TUC and JPSNC in the state are not on ego trip with the government neither are we political civil servants but only calling the attention of the government to the deplorable situation of civil servants because of non-payment of salaries and allowances.”
Olafemi said a particular the Director of Local Government for Ibaji who is from Mopamoro and has put in 10 years as DLG in five local Governments is being owed 10 months.
He explained that the situation of the man has turned him into a begger who can not pay his medical bills and the children’s school fees.
Olafemi indicated that Bello lied to Buhari adding that it would be a sarcasm for Buhari to to believe bello’s lies.
“You see you were in this State when workers said they were being owed 18 months and the chief of Staff said it was 12 months, whether it is 12 months or 18 months is that a good thing is it up to what he is claiming that the PDP left behind?
“Let me tell you one irony of life that us happening now, it is for the Governor to say he is not owing workers, that he is only owing two months but the people know how many months he is owing them.
“When you have a wound in your leg instead of opening it for people to see it and help you with sympathies and you start covering up the wound, by the time you get to where you can no longer cover it and you open it people would be ashamed that you are carrying such wound.”
He said what Bello told Buhari was not correct as everyone all knows that he lied.
“I have seen that nemesis will catch up with APC in Kogi State. It is sad for those of us who put our resources and time to build that party to see it crumbling.

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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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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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